Hi all! So, lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier and exercise more. I haven’t been exercising as much as I should, but I have started to eat better. It’s hard for my to find something quick and nutritious in the morning, though.
Luckily, I received samples of the Arbonne Essentials® Vanilla Protein Shake Mix ($77, Arbonne.com) and have been making shakes in the morning. It provides 20g of vegan protein to help support muscles, plus more than 20 essential vitamins and minerals per serving. Clinically tested and certified to have a low glycemic index, which has little effect on blood sugar levels and does not cause a spike in blood sugar.
I have been using the recipes below to add variety to my breakfasts. I’ve tried the first two, but not the third one yet (I need to pick up some ingredients for it. And I’ve made them without the Arbonne Daily Fiber Boost because I don’t have it.
I have been testing new skin care products I was sent for my honest review. I love trying skincare to add to my daily routine. I think anti-aging skincare really helps my skin looks smoother and younger.
There are the current products I’m using:
OMG! Is This Really Me?
Dot Your Eyes
Live Life LIFTED
I received anti-aging skincare from Robin McGraw’s new line, Robin McGraw Revelation. Robin is Dr. Phil’s wife, and she has worked closely with chemists for years and each product has been custom-crafted to utilize the highest-quality, most potent active ingredients, along with cutting-edge technology. Products are void of harmful sulfates, mineral oil, parabens and chemicals. As with all Robin McGraw Revelation products, there is no animal testing. Many of the products are powered by their patent pending Dynamic Infusion Technology. The products I received are:
OMG! Is This Really Me? Instant Face Shaper ($34 USD) — Fast-acting formula of high performance ingredients. It claims to to visibly smooth, tighten, and lift the eyes, face, and neck. Packed with 5 unique peptides, each designed to target multiple skin concerns. When I use this, my skin does feel smoother and tighter instantly. I like using it under makeup for a smooth and youthful look during the day.
Dot Your Eyes ($40 USD) — This tightening eye cream takes a multi-action approach to refreshing tired eyes, combining cutting-edge skincare science with potent botanical ingredients to improve skin at the cellular level. Reduces the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles and fine lines while assisting in natural collagen production to tighten puffy and sagging skin. I use this cream in the morning to ensure that my eye area is smooth before makeup. It really helps my concealer and powder look flawless!
Live Life LIFTED ($42 USD) — This formula delivers a potent blend of five skin-smoothing, anti-wrinkle peptides and hyaluronic acid deep into to hydrate as well as visibly lift, firm and smooth skin’s appearance for a more sculpted silhouette.This lightweight cream also features jojoba esters with moisturizing vitamins A, D, and C, plus free radical blocking, anti-aging vitamin E-rich sunflower seed oil to provide intense healing and hydration without the sticky after feel. I have been using this twice a day and have noticed a bit of a lift and tighter skin. I will continue using it to sculpt my chin and neck!
Helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps the eye area feel refreshed, alert and youthful. I apply this on my eyes at night as a hydrating sleeping treatment. Its moisturizing, but not greasy. I’ve noticed that my eyes have been looking smoother since I have been using this.
Available at www.dermadoctor.com, Ulta and other great stores.
Neocell, Hair, Skin, & Nails Beauty Chews, Berry Medley, 30 Soft Chews — Feeling beautiful and healthy has never been so easy as it is now with NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews. These potent chews deliver beauty nutrients in a delicious soft chew bursting with natural berry flavors and are perfect for those who have trouble swallowing pills. I like the taste of these, they are a bit tarte. My nails and skin have been looking nice lately, so I will continue using these!
Research suggests that the right nutrients can have a major impact on hair, skin and nail health:
BioActive NeoCell Collagen – Lab tested for potency & purity
Hyaluronic Acid – Essential component for skin rehydration
Biotin – Supports healthy, luxurious hair & promotes natural energy
Vitamin C – Supports collagen formation in the skin, Antioxidant support against free radicals
What skincare products have you recently discovered?
Summer is flying by this year! It has been a long, hot one. My youngest daughter starts high school in a couple of weeks and my middle daughter goes off to college. It’s crazy!
This summer I have been loving the items below. They include a cute quotation book on friendship, Biotin chews to help my skin, a fresh new summer perfume and fun holographic nail polish:
The Joy of Friendship: A Thoughtful and Inspiring Collection of 200 Quotations ($12.50 USD) — The greatest gift in life is friendship. The Joy of Friendship celebrates these all-important relationships by exploring the nature of friendship, how it forms, and how it endures. From childhood friendships to lifelong best buddies, it is the friendships we build along the way that defines who we are and what our lives are about. As Aristotle said, a friend is “a soul living in two bodies.” The Joy of Friendship collects this and other wisdoms to help you better appreciate those who make your world a better place.
NeoCell Biotin Burst Brazilian Acai Berry 30 Chews ($11.96 USD) — All natural formula bursting with delicious flavor. Acai Berry for protection from free radical damage. Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delectable, gourmet soft chews.
I’ve been taking these for about a week. I like the berry taste and the fact that they are chews instead of pills. They are fun and easy to take. My skin has been looking pretty clear lately. I don’t know if it’s too early to see results, but I will continue to take them!
Philosophy Pure Grace Endless Summer ($49 for 2 fl. oz EDT) — summer is a state of mind—and a new limited-edition fragrance. This fragrance celebrates the sultriest of seasons with delicate layers of iced lychee, exotic pomelo and warm musk, conjuring calm and a carefree sensibility with a single spritz.
I have been loving this during the summer. It’s citrusy and fresh at first, then the musk gives a sultry finish. I received this in a set that includes a body lotion, but the set doesn’t seem to be on sale any more. You can get the perfume still. And I definitely recommend it!
The claim for this is that it embraces pure excess with rich textures, effects, and an extended-wear formula.
“With Platinum, we wanted to give the wearer an indulgent experience by creating shades, effects, and textures straight from their wildest dreams,” explain brand namesakesMorgan Haile and Taylor Daniel.
These are so gorgeous! I love all of the shades, but especially Disco Days, a mint green and Glow all Out, a rosey coral shade. They wear best with a top coat.
Last week went by so fast! I went to two weddings this weekend and it was so busy. So, I am putting out my end of week review a day late!
This week, I have been loving a random mix of items — a blurring primer, a smoky eye shadow trio, a yummy weight loss drink and a cute hair band!
Lumene Bright Now Blur Line and Pore Minimizer ($19.99 USD) — The new Lumene Bright Now Blur Line & Pore Minimizer makes skin instantly more beautiful and even-looking. Helps to control shine and optically diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores. Skin looks and feels instantly more soft and supple. The innovative texture of the product helps the skin look flawless even longer and keeps skin matte and shine free all day long while delivering a brighter and more radiant look. Oil-Free formulation.
What I think: This is my new favorite primer! Just a little goes a long way to smooth out pores and lines and to make a great base for makeup. I wear it everyday underneath my foundation and my skin looks great all day!
Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.
Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Cover Shoot ($28 USD) — Our fab trios are all playfulness and color! Get rich, bold hues in just one swipe. Each includes 3 coordinated shadows-base shade, contour color and highlighter-so you’ll never wonder which shades to wear together again. You’ll even find application tips on the peel-back label.
What I think: Hello perfect brown smoky eye! These colors are so pretty and can make either a very dramatic eye or a soft every day look. The top two shades are shimmer and the darkest shade is a matte — you can use it as an eyeliner as well!
Celsius Flo Fusion On-the-Go in Berry — a great tasting drink for your active, healthy lifestyle. Studies show that drinking Flo Fusion™ before moderate exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, burns up to 93% more body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy to accelerate your transformation no matter what diet or training routine you are on. The great tasting Flo Fusion™ Transformation Accelerator Powder has the same benefits as the “ready to drink” Celsius and is available in Berry or Orange flavor.
What I think: I have tried both Berry and Orange a few times before a workout. Both flavors are good, I think I like orange better, but that’s just personal preference. I notice that I get good workout energy with these drinks. I don’t know if it’s helped me lose weight, but I am going to continue using them and see.
Dauphines of New York Front Row Darling Headband ($24 USD) — This glamorous, adjustable hair headband provides tailored fit, comfort, and ease of wear, allowing the creation of multiple hair looks. The timeless and design features an elegant leather centerpiece, miniature crystals on a silver base, a gunmetal link chain, and engraved hardware for the perfect accent piece to almost any outfit. The versatile design can be worn by anyone and the colors complement most hair shades. The included instruction card helps create easy-to-model hair looks.
What I think: This is so cute! I received a sample and gave it to my daughter who is really into the boho look, and she wears it all of the time. It is made very well and is so easy to adjust. And she gets lots of compliments. I also think it is perfect for women of all ages who want a fun look for a night out.
During summer, we show more skin so we have lots of preparing to do! From shaving, to moisturizing, to using sunscreen our skin receives a lot of prep to look good!
Here are products I have received for my honest review. They may get your skin looking it’s very best!
This spring/summer let Schick Hydro Silk help you prepare for any adventure.
This spring Schick Hydro Silk has launched a new line of disposable razors to ensure you receive the “highest performance” women’s disposable yet! The unique Schick Hydro Silk Disposables ($12.99 USD) razors deliver an experience far beyond just an incredibly close shave, and actually care for the skin by helping to replenish moisture shaving can take away.
If you are one of the 20% who prefer to only use a refillable razor, try the new Limited Edition Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($11.99 USD). In a vibrant Caribbean Green Handle, this razor features a new ventilated travel cover to protect the cartridge for when you’re on the go.
What I think: I love these razors. Most moisturizing shavers are bulky and don’t give a close shave. These do. And the shape of the razor head lets you get in close.
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Sunscreen Clear Mist Spray ($9.99 USD) is truly indulgent sun protection in a convenient application format that provides the moisture needed to leave skin feeling hydrated and healthy. Available in SPF 15 and 30, Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ Clear Mist Spray Sunscreen provides safe and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation
What I think: I love spray sunscreen. Fast and easy to use, plus this one has Hawaiian Tropics’ signature scent that smells so fantastic!
Available at mass market retailers near you.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration™ After Sun Lotion ($7.99 USD) – is the first and only after sun product combining indulgent ribbons of gel and lotion infused with silk protein and shea butter to provide luxurious moisturization for a full 24 hours. Ribbons of aloe soothe and refresh the skin from the effects of the sun, while silk protein shea butter ribbons of lotion provide incredible moisturization that leaves skin feeling hydrated, healthy and radiant.
What I think: After the sun, be sure to moisturize. This one smells amazing and is made to take care of sun-ravaged skin. Also great for after sunless tanning.
Available at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil Rosehip ($9.99 USD) – NEW! Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil, Rosehip, is an advanced multi-purpose skin perfection product that can be used all over the body and face. This preservative-free, phthalate free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin and fine lines and wrinkles. Skin looks and feels instantly soft and smooth with this unique, non-greasy, non-staining formula.
What I think: Sometimes a lotion doesn’t give the kind of moisture your skin may crave. This oil is perfect for very dry skin, or skin with stretchmarks or scars. It is also great for after sun or self tanning. Remember, moisturizing the skin will make your tan (real or fake) last longer.
Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.
Give lips an antioxidant boost with the free radical-fighting effects of new Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry & Dark Chocolate. Burt’s Bees’ latest balm is packed with natural antioxidant powerhouses and natural butters and oils to renew and restore. Infused with replenishing Blueberry Seed Oil, sweet Cocoa Powder and rich Cocoa Seed Butter, the balm is an instant revitalizing lift and a decadent treat for lips. Like a superfood in a tube, the balm is a new go-to for natural nourishment and antioxidant perks.
What I think: This is not an SPF balm, it is for after sun and helping restore lips after sun damage. Plus, it smells so yummy!
Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.
Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads ($8.99 for 10 SnapplicatorsTM), are formulated to provide fast relief from exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac with a combination of aloe, botanicals and oat extract. The pads cool and soothe irritated skin on contact. Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads offer convenience, portability, simplicity and fast relief to intense itching, rashes and inflammation.
Cortizone 10 Poison Ivy Relief Pads Fast Facts:
● Product benefits: The strongest itch medicine without a prescription available; new single-dose SnapplicatorTM provides no-mess, no touch application that easily applies onto skin.
● How to Use: Grasp SnapplicatorTM between the thumbs and forefingers. Snap to release product through pad top. Dab medicine onto affected area and rub onto skin. Discard.
● Uses: Adults and children 2 years of age and older who have skin with symptoms associated with minor skin irritations, inflammation and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac.
What I think: These are so nice to have in a summer first aid kit. Especially if you are going into forests and you don’t know what type of plants are there. And they work! My daughter had some type of bites or rash on her leg the other day. This was very easy to use and helped the itch go away. And the rash cleared up in a day or two.
Available at drugstores and mass-market retailers near you.
Are you ready to take your body to the next level? Jillian Michaels Hard Body is the most effective total body workout for torching calories and transforming your entire physique. Hard Body is comprised of two 45-minute body-blasting workouts that progress in difficulty. These quick paced routines have fun, fresh new moves to deliver an incredible workout and turn your body into a lean and sexy high performance machine. Jillian also shows modifications for both beginners and advanced athletes in each workout. Get the Hard Body you ve always wanted!
What I think — this is a very high energy workout perfect for people who have been working out on a fairly regular basis. It says it progresses in difficulty, but I only did the first work out and it was plenty difficult for me! As always, Jillian is a great trainer that keeps her class motivated. I recommend this to a fit person who wants to take it to the next level!
You can learn more and purchase at shop.jillianmichaels.com, www.amazon.com or at stores where you would find fitness DVD’s.
What’s pink, delicious, refreshing and kicks cancer in the butt? TalkingRain’s NEW PINK™!
TalkingRain, brewers of fresh, fruity, all-natural alternatives to plain old water and sugar saturated sodas, invite you to sip “PINK” for the cure and help the fight against breast cancer. In the spirit of TalkingRain’s never ending mission to develop functional, healthy, innovative beverages, .25 cents per case of PINK™ sales will go to support various national and local breast cancer research, screening, education and awareness programs.
The new PINK™ spring water comes from TalkingRain’s protected artesian spring water source and never sees the light of day until bottled.
By purchasing PINK™, consumers will help thousands of women detect breast cancer early while contributing to research for a cure. This was last year, we could still weave it into the content Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliate named Talking Rain one of the “Promise Partners” and will be the first recipient of sales of proceeds of the new PINK™. “We thank Talking Rain for an incredible partnership”, says the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliate. “They have joined us in this fight against breast cancer for more than 16 years. Together, we will win the battle.”
Talking Rain sponsored the first Seattle Race for the Cure and has supported the Susan G. Komen for the Cure programs by donating water and flavored beverages to various Race for the Cure events throughout the Northwest. The company has also made financial contributions to support several Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Affiliate community outreach programs. “We’ve always envisioned a long-term relationship with Komen”, says Nina Morrison, Talking Rain Director of Marketing, “To be able to increase our support through an opportunity on this scale is deeply gratifying and something we’re very proud of”.
PINK is sold at select retailers nationwide and online at www.talkingrain.com
Price: $.69 or 2 for a $1.00. Proceeds – $.25 per case will go to Susan G. Komen affiliate and the Donna Foundation