Author Archives: Thea @ theamatters.wordpress.com

BEAUTY Bonus: Works Well on Mature Skin

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reNeu Dead Sea Minerals Shea Body Butter (good as moisturizer & for stretch marks removal)

Love this for my mature skin— leaves it soft & supple… sweet-smelling without being overpowering. Spreads evenly without feeling cakey. Easily absorbed & stays throughout the day. Works best after a steam bath.

Disclaimer:  I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareThis 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 & HEALTH Helps: Callus-free Grip

I get callus easily, specially when doing light weights and handyman projects for my home. I need to balance fitness and getting things done with having smooth and soft hands for shaking hands with clients during my day job.

Glad to have these gloves for good grip without the formation of calluses. The best feature for me is the lightness and breathability of the fabric that comes in contact with skin, so it’s comfortable to use due to less perspiration.

The stretchability provides a good fit for snugness, but still needs to be tested for performance having used it for only a month now for light use. As a rule, I get a size smaller to allow stretching if I plan to use it frequently and/or subject to several washing. For this, it doesn’t constrict blood vessels.

The grip works fine even for handling grips without ridges or grooves. Since sweat is contained in the absorbent inner lining, it is slip-free.

The stitchings have held for my light to medium use. The velcro straps makes it easy to use and take off anytime. So far, no unwanted smell as long as it is hung and air-dried after each use.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: 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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HEALTH Helps: Restful Sleep

Here are the reasons why I center on GABA-containing substances as the best natural sleep inducer:

GABA is a natural chemical in our body that triggers us to sleep by inhibiting the action of excited neurons. When in vivo quantity is augmented, it further enhances or synergizes the sleep-inducing activity.

5-HTP (hydroxytrptophan) is also a naturally-occurring amino acid in the body that naturally helps in the production of sleep-inducing melatonin and mood-altering serotonin.

L-Theanine is a component of tea which produces calming effects.

I know I get MORE from this multi-component pill that promotes the quality of natural sleep.

I’ve been looking around for a natural way to bring back the rejuvenating wonders of natural sleep because it is the all-around remedy to keep up with our hectic lifestyle. I prefer not to start on pharmaceutical drugs such as the family of short-acting sleep inducers benzodiazepines due to the quality of sleep it produces— totally unnatural, dreamless, literally sleeping like a log, plus the cumulative effect. I also avoid natural sleep-inducers such as melatonin because I wouldn’t like to pop in more pills with the tons of supplements I already take.

I work at varying hours dealing with different time zones & often travel across the International Dateline (IDL) that my internal daytime/nighttime clock, or circadian rhythm, can go awry. To perform at my best the following day, a good “night’s” rest (whether taken at night or during the day) is still the best antidote for all the stress, excitement & work caused by the previous 24 hours. Unfortunately, my body does not cooperate all the time and adrenaline continues to pump that the age-old remedy of counting sheep, reading books & drinking hot cocoa had lost its appeal to lull me to my precious sleep.

I feel great since I started using this GABA++ oral supplement. I don’t feel exhausted or haggard when I wake up, so unlike other sleep remedies that fool you by giving you longer sleep time. And since I feel completely rested (the simplest beauty secret), I feel more radiant to keep up from where I left off the previous day. To get the best results, I take it 30 mnutes before bedtime on a regular basis, & not only during the times when I need it because I believe that our naturally produced melatonin has to sync with the supplementation. It can also be used during anxiety attacks or high-intensity stressful events.

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep (even if I choose it in the day), & it shows in how I perform on my next waking hours— less grumpy & more energized!

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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TRAVEL Bug: Carry-All Backseat Organizer Makes a Less Messy Car

This organizer is great for cars and vans when on the go. It has a total of 16 pockets of assorted sizes to hold large items up to 4 cubic inches to the smallest knick-knacks. Because the material is a mix between opaque and mesh materials, you can choose which one should be easily seen and within reach (no closing flap), and which could be hidden away with a top flap. The mesh pockets are garter-lined to keep objects more secure and keep them from falling off.

In addition, it has a snap on and off loop to hold umbrellas, water cannisters, rattles, and the like.

MATERIALS: The durable all black material gives the organizer a classic look for minimalist moms like me, hides stains, too, requiring less maintenance.

ATTACHING THE ORGANIZER: It can be attached over the headrest of the front seat with adjustable straps to keep it firmly in place.

CARE: The material is splash-resistant and since it’s black, it provides longer use without need to toss it into the laundry or scrub it clean.

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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HOME Helps: Space-Saving Laundry & Toy Hamper

The best feature this lightweight & collapsible laundry hamper has is its durability. I have had a similar piece in the past, but the stitchings were so flimsy & the wire was so thin that it broke after attempting to carry it with a heavy load at its fringes.

When not in use, it can be reduced to a neat circular heap of 16” in diameter by 1” in height & even less when compressed. At its max, the height is 2-high & can carry up to 20-kilograms of clothing, though at this weight, I would drag it or carry it from its base to make sure I can use it for a longer period.

The mesh keeps the contents well-ventilated and see-through that it can be used as a container for other things, such as toys for kids, as a hanging container for small potted plants, and as a temporary cage for my daughter’s pet rabbit.


Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: 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: Regular DIY Facial Cleaning with this 3-Piece Kit

This kit contains 3 pieces of double-ended surgical-grade stainless steel comedone removers and extractors in a fabric holder case. Because there are 6 tips to choose from, there would be something that is right to use that is effective for extraction while at the same time causing minimal pain and damage to the dermis.

It’s unfortunate that I got this kit only now. I am part of the percentage of acne-prone women who had suffered grades 3 and 4 acne with comedones from puberty to menopause. I have been going to my dermatologist for the severe inflammations to have it I&D’d for the past 20 years because I refused to take isotretinoin as a last resort medication. It had somehow been controlled as I aged, but the pores had developed internal scars that continue to generate white and black heads. The procedures I undergo lately are more for aesthetic than medical reasons, since it is now limited to white and black heads with the acne finally controlled. I would not like to subject myself again to the same financial drain I had experienced with my former treatments when I was younger, so having this kit helped a lot on saving trips to the dermatologist or aesthetician.

The tools can be sanitized through boiling and I am guaranteed that it will remain rust-free. It comes in a dainty organizer pouch.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: 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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HEALTH Helps: Improved Mental Focus, Memory & Stamina

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Brain Supplement for Memory, Concentration & Focus by Limidax XR

My job in marketing & strategic planning requires full mental performance due to simultaneous multi-functional tasks with previous day deadlines. It’s unavoidable that I get to an overload mode, specially with a family to keep, as well. In my desire to balance my life, I push my time management skills to the limit, but efficiency still lies on the use of time. These pills have helped me be more effective and efficient by staying mentally alert with the tasks on hand. After a week’s use, I noticed that I have more attention to details, remember inputs from my team members longer, and process analytical problems faster & for a longer duration. All these, without ending the day with a headache. The ingredients are from natural sources and include vinca minor, citrus aurantium, pausinystalia johimbe, stinging nettle, green tea extract, microencapsulated caffeine, glucoronolactone & microencapsulated phenethylamine. I take 1 capsule in the morning & I’m off to a powerful start to last me 8-12 hours.

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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HOME Helps: For Locomotor and Imagination Development of Young Children

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Toy Circular Saw by Click N’ Play

This toy mimics the sound and feel of a circular saw. It is light enough for a 3-year old, and operates on 2 AAA batteries. It has given hours of make-believe carpentry to develop the locomotor and imagination skills of my nephew.

The construction is heavy-duty to take drops from a toddler to young child, the unbreakable hard plastic material is durable, and the vibrant colors source are lead-free and safe. This would make a good stocking stuffer for this holiday with its affordable price.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: A sample had been provided for the purpose of this honest, unbiased and independent review. This genuine product feedback is intended to aid fellow consumers towards informed choice in product selection.

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HOME Helps: Legible from Across the Kitchen

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Jumbo Timer by Accuon with 1.5″ digital display

I have 150/150 vision and when cooking or baking I do not wear my reading glasses. A timer helps me to be productive during waiting time, and to have one that is readable from afar is favorable over a mere buzzer that alarms only at the exact time. The LCD displays 1.5-inch high digits, can be set to count 1 hour and 30 minutes, can be positioned by standing, hanging, clipping or sticking on the ref with magnet, and is a power saver at 1 AA battery. Its clean geometric design in a 3.15 x 2.75 x 0.75 inch plastic case is an awesome addition to my minimalist kitchen.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: A sample had been provided for the purpose of this honest, unbiased and independent review. This genuine product feedback is intended to aid fellow consumers towards informed choice in product selection.

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BEAUTY Bonus: Universal Vitamin C Skin Healer in an Instantly Uplifting Facial Toner

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Vitamin C Toner by Joyal Beauty

This is a refreshing and skin-healing and uplifting solution that must be a part of every woman’s beauty regimen. As a facial toner it acts as an astringent to take away dirt and excess oil. I use it prior to applying make-up immediately after washing my face by moistening a cotton ball and applying in broad outward circular sweeps across my cheek and forehead areas with concentration on the T-zone. I extend the application to my neck area for evenness. This allows me to have a more confident clean base that does not cause dryness while taking out the flakiness of my skin for a smoother starting point for the succeeding application of moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation base. Similarly, at night, this toner is used as the final touch for cleaning the face and before putting my other beauty and youth longevity potions.

Because this bottle contains only pure and natural vitamin C, the universal skin healer, plus natural products like organic witch hazel, MSM, aloe vera, neroli hydrosol, glycolic acid from sugar cane, yucca, spirulina, sage, pomegranate, kelp, gotu kola and cranberry, I feel assured of its gentle and healing actions without fear of harsh side-effects such as dryness, itchiness, or allergy, while enjoying the subtle uplifting scent that invigorate the senses. The bottle comes with a convenient pump that promotes less wastage.

Amz.IMG.amazon-logo-black-squareDisclaimer: 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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