Monthly Archives: August 2015

HOME Helps: Keeps Insects Away from Food Bowls

My family have different schedules, so we hardly have time to have dinner or any meal together. Our normal custom is to have serving bowls during the biggest batch of diners, usually the first. Rather than putting all in the ref or back into the cooking pan for the next set, we leave the food bowls on the dining table or kitchen and cover it. I’m glad I have these silicon lids. They cover the bowl adequately to seal the edges from the common ants that get in the way when using an inverted plate to do the job.

The colors are so dainty in light pink and gray, the material is easy to clean with sudsy water, and the shape makes it easy to store as it lies flat on top of each other requiring less cupboard and/or dishwasher space. It remains hygienic with the handles grooved onto the top surface, so the little dirty hands don’t have to hold onto the edge or the inner side when lifting it off.

I’ve been using these silicon lids for a month now and I think it is durable for long-term use as it has retained its pliant properties, in contrast to rubber that stiffens and eventually cracks. It’s also an excellent cover for unfinished salad bowls when putting it back into the wine chiller, or as an in-between when putting bowls on top of each other when storing in the ref or cupboard.

Disclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Plumping My Skin Cells for Less Prominent Sagging Jowl Lines

This organic plant-derived proprietary formula combines the natural & organic sources of botanical hyaluronic acid, green tea, organic aloe and jojoba oil plus vitamins C and E. This would be a good introduction or continuation to your hyaluronic serum beauty regimen due to it gentle effectiveness with no preservatives & fillers, thus it does not subject your sensitive skin to inflammation. Wrinkles and sagging jowl lines are starting a slow creeping war with me as my new dermatological enemy, and it’s about time I fight back!

It’s not an easy situation to combat both cystic acne (yes, I still get them) and deter wrinkles. I feel that my anti-acne medication controls the problem but worsens the moisture quality of the skin, making it look dry, parched and wrinkled. Finding the right wrinkle-deterrent solution to act in combination should not aggravate the acne situation, but rather answer its primary purpose of rehabilitating the skin, and possibly add more benefits with its other ingredients.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a high-viscosity (thickness characteristic) substance that adds fullness and volume to cells by plumping it with hydration. It is commonly used in joint injections to replace lost joint fluids among arthritis sufferers, and acts in the same way as fluid replacement when it is in the form of a topical facial agent. It attracts moisture to improve the skin’s volumizing properties, and because the cells are plumped up, wrinkles become less visible. HA also hastens collagen synthesis, and the more collagen one has, the less wrinkles there are. It is also known to have anti-oxidant properties that combat free radicals, or simply put, takes out the waste materials from our skin, making it look more fresh, new, and less aged and haggard.

What’s important for me is that I get the anti-aging effect without triggering my blemishes. The anti-wrinkle action cannot really be attested to (I can’t compare it to how fast my wrinkles will show without any topical intervention), but after having used it for only 2 weeks at bedtime, I feel my skin more supple, less stretched and dry, and my jowl line less prominent… without triggering the acne. Helps hide the scars, too. Only time will tell if this product will make me look less my age, but I believe it’s working in fighting the years off gracefully! 😉

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TRAVEL Bug: No Fear of Extra Charges when Maxing out Free Baggage Allowance During Air Travel

International and local airlines can be awfully strict with both check-in and carry-on luggage that you wouldn’t like to create a fuss while lined up by the airport terminal counters. I travel with a variety of baggage specifications, and would like to take advantage of it to the max without being charged extra.

Since I got this hanging luggage scale, it had been with me in all my air travels. It is so easy to use. All I do is wrap around its strap onto the handle of the luggage (estimating the center of gravity), turn on the reading display and set to the preferred unit of measure, and lift the T-style meter handle for approximately 5 seconds or shorter until it gives a stable reading. I then keep it conveniently in my travel fanny pack for quick reference during actual weighing in, should there be large discrepancies. I noticed that it is accurate to a clearance of +/-0.2 kilogram since I’ve used it on two (2) occasions. It is portable, can be held within an average adult female fist, and the stainless steel design makes it look like a classy keychain.

I haven’t changed batteries yet, but I don’t think this has a high power consumption. The reading is clear & emits through an LED background.

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HOME Helps: Clean Fresh-Smelling Pets make Happy Owners

Don’t we love it when our pets are as clean as we are? Cleaning/washing/bathing my pooches is something I do at the same time as I deal with my personal hygiene, but because we as pet owners are always busy with a multitude of things, we often neglect or deprioritize this. It is but proper that the right products, even under extreme conditions, be used in order to maintain their hygiene and prevent diseases.

This foaming mousse divides the time it takes to give my furkids a bath. The mango and pomegranate scent gives them an immediate long-lasting fresh scent. Though nothing replaces a good bath, I use this on extreme circumstances, like during travel and my travel companions get soiled with no place to give them quick baths. I also use this ala parfum when we go on quick walks. It’s always much better for neighbors to pet good-smelling dogs.

This no-rinse dog shampoo is made of only natural environment-friendly products which I know will not hurt my furbaby. The base is coconut oil, so it gives them a soft sheen and keeps his glorious mane soft and silky.

Since I got this fur mousse, not only do my pets love the smell (no complains, so far)… even their best human buddy does, too.

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HEALTH Helps: Only Natural Soothing Ingredients for Urticaria due to Psoriasis

I get stress-induced psoriasis on my left wrist area. It’s not as severe but it sure does cause much discomfort and embarrassment. Besides having to hide it with long-sleeved clothing or wrist bands, I would have to contain the urticaria or severe itchiness to avoid unconsciously scratching it in public.

Since the episodes are mild, I also refrain from resorting to oral intakes or topical steroids with the thought that the condition might progress or be immune to less aggressive treatments in the long run. I’m glad there is this proprietary formulation by Psoriarid. Made only from rich natural ingredients composed of ester of soy, tea tree oil, argan oil and vitamin E, the scaly red appearance looks less apparent and most of all the itchiness is dissipated.

Since I only have it in a small area, and because I do about my activities of daily living (ADL) as normal as any employee, my only wish is for the container to be in a dainty less conspicuous dispenser with small labeling.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Turkey Necks are for Turkeys

I fight age gracefully with particular attention to my neck area which shows wrinkles earlier than the rest. I treat it with a lot of homey stuff like fresh aloe vera sap, apply a lot of moisturizers & soak it at night with vitamin topicals. Unfortunately, I cannot hide a wrinkly neck with heavy concealer when I put on foundation. The most I can do is to stretch it out my neck like royalty, so the folds will be less obvious.

I’m glad I found this unique formulation that blends in the natural benefits of vitamins & synthetic compounds to perform its actions of beautifying the skin (with focus on the wrinkle-prone neck & decollete area).

I apply it gently on my neck extending to the chest area with minimum upward outward strokes after a shower and before putting on make-up, and again at bedtime. Since I have done this regularly for 3 weeks now, I noticed that the wrinkles had diminished. Though it did not completely take these out, it had faded substantially to warrant me to stretch out my neck consciously less often, specially when wearing low neckline tops.

I love how elegant the bottle looks on my night stand. Now, I never forget to apply the cream before counting sheeps for my beauty sleep.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Turkeys are only for Thanksgiving… Delaying the Onset of a Turkey Neck

I fight age gracefully in whatever way I can, with particular attention to my neck area which shows wrinkles sooner than the rest. I treat it with a lot of homey stuff like fresh aloe vera sap, apply a lot of moisturizers & soak it at night with vitamin topicals. Unfortunately, I cannot hide a wrinkly neck with heavy concealer when I put on foundation. The most I can do is to stretch it out my neck like royalty, so the folds will be less obvious.

I’m glad I found this proprietary formulation that blends in the natural benefits of vitamins & synthetic compounds to perform its actions of beautifying the skin (with focus on the wrinkle-prone neck area). The cream contains the natural time-tested beauty ingredients of aloe, coconut, lavander, green tea, licorice and arnica, among others.

I apply it gently on my neck extending to the chest area with minimum upward outward strokes after a shower and before putting on make-up, and again at bedtime. Since I have done this regularly for 3 weeks now, I noticed that the wrinkles had diminished. Though it did not completely take these out, it had faded substantially to warrant me to stretch out my neck consciously less often, specially when wearing low neckline tops.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Fountain-of-Youth for Windows to My Soul (less Visible Crow’s Feet)

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Eye Gel by Go Pure Naturals, available at Cleopatra’s Choice (cleopatraschoice.com)

I fight age gracefully in whatever way I can. My eyes had always had dark eye suitcases, not only bags. I treat it with a lot of homey stuff like cold eye packs, cucumber rounds, and the like. Unfortunately, I still have to hide the dark eye circles with heavy concealer when I put on foundation. But my concern is that I am putting a lot of distress on the skin around my eye area because of brutal handling with concealing make-up. Definitely, unnecessary handling the skin tissues in this sensitive area can progress wrinkle formation.

I’m glad I found this proprietary formulation that blends in the benefits of vitamins & synthetic compounds to perform its actions of beautifying the skin (with focus on the eye area to reduce dark circles & puffiness) and maintaining the fountain of youth. The gel contains the tested beauty ingredients of peptide complex, vitamins C & E, hyaluronic acid, Matrixyl 3000 and plant stem cells.

I apply it gently around the eye area with minimum upward outward strokes before a cucumber soak, and at bedtime before putting on my iced eye mask. Since I have done this regularly for 3 weeks now, I noticed that the darkness had diminished, and the puffiness had shrunk. Though it did not completely take these out, it had faded substantially to warrant less use of concealers, and therefore distress to my eye area when applying make-up.

Disclaimer:  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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BEAUTY Bonus:  Vitamin C is the All-Around Skin Healer & Anti-Oxidant

Formulations in serum vehicle gives easy and even application, and being heavier than more dilute solutions, it stays longer on the skin, too. I complement my daytime vitamin C lotion with this vitamin C serum at bedtime.

From my not-so-long-ago younger years, my dermatologist had identified my skin as dry on the outside yet oily on the inside, so it has an outward appearance of scaly flaky skin yet prone to acne outbreak. Unfortunately, this continued past my teeny-bopping years. Finding the right skin formula had been pretty challenging relying on my trial-and-error method, until I started including topical vitamin C. Having known the age-old and time-tested healing properties of this anti-oxidant/micronutrient when ingested orally, little did I know of its benefits when applied to the skin. I had also refrained from using other serums in the past mainly because I prefer to suffer a not-so-flawless complexion to the periodic ugly red bumps. Then I started to experiment with the natural anti-oxidant skin healing effects of ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C. I apply a lighter lotion in daytime, and this serum at night for more intense skin healing activity. The 30-day skin cell turn-over seems to have hastened bringing out new skin faster, my friends say that my skin now appears to have a glow! The cells seem to have plumped up, too, which I attribute to the hyaluronic acid content, eliminating the little lines and wrinkles that, I should admit, had started to show. Overall, I know that this facial serum, with its other time-tested natural beauty ingredients of vitamin E, is helping my skin recuperate from the harsh effects of the environment through healthy cell regeneration and growth, I can actually feel my old skin being sloughed off gently to uncover fresher skin. The result is a more even skin tone, diminished age spots & fresh clear glowing skin. I now use it daily before bedtime, and wake up to more vibrant and luminous younger-looking skin.

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HEALTH Helps: The Mother of all Anti-Oxidants

Anti-oxidants are necessary to clear our system from free radicals or internal toxic materials. It works by eliminating these unwanted wastes at the cellular level, leaving only what is necessary and functional.

I always had this notion that glutathione is a whitening agent that comes in oral and injectable forms. I’m glad to try this product out for its more important benefits, such as being the overall regulator of the other anti-oxidants working simultaneously in our body to clear itself of toxins.

Of importance is not only the quantity of the active ingredient but also the vehicle in which it is transported. This assures high absorption rate and bioavailability for it to be used optimally. This glutathione formulation comes in intra-oral spray form with a recommended daily dose of six (6) measured sprays. The convenience of administration is paralleled to spraying mouthwash, but the impact is multifold due to the sublingual absorption, that’s 10% better than other formats in the market. This means that my system is cleared 10% better and faster than if I used another glutathione brand.

I have just added this and vow to finish a bottle every three (3) months at 1 bottle per month to make sure that I get the best out of regular detoxification. There’s no harm in living the old saying “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”

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