Sunday, September 28, 2014

Propresser Garlic Press Review







I was so happy when I was asked to review the Propresser Garlic Press. I had JUST tossed mine into the garbage because it had all these water stains on the metal. The grate was hard to clean and I just didn't want to eat the garlic that came out of it anymore. Then I had the chance to review this Propresser Garlic Press. Immediately I knew that it was designed better than my previous Garlic Press.  The metal is higher quality 100% stainless steel. It also has a flip up basket so you can easily wash it off properly and completely. This was a huge problem with my last one.

So I am just going to tell you. I left my garlic in the pulp. I didn't peel it. I didn't even attempt to try. I wanted to see how well this press worked using a complete covered garlic clove. In the top right picture you can see that I inserted it into the basket. Then I show you how much pulp is leftover. It pretty much squeezed that Garlic Clove dry. This means I can easily leave the clove in the pulp and just squeeze. What a time saver plus its more convenient for me. You can of course peel it if you prefer but its not necessary. You can see the Garlic that was pressed comes out with all the juices in the clove. It extracts everything but the pulp.

This Garlic Press comes with a fantastic lifetime guarantee which makes me feel better about purchasing it. I always like it when a company backs up a product with a guarantee.

Right now if you order you get The FREE eBook "Home Chef" is a 70-page kitchen management book that reveals how to create your ideal kitchen, great tips if you want to initiate a Chef career and much more. It's yours FREE just for ordering the Propresser Garlic Press. I'm not sure how long that will last! If you want to read more about their fantastic guarantee or check it out to purchase click on the link below. 




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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Matcha Green Tea powder by Kiss Me Organics Review


Organic Matcha Green Tea by Kiss Me Organics
I had the opportunity to review Organic Matcha Green Tea by Kiss Me Organics. It is culinary grade which means its perfect for baking and cooking in food. I know that Green Tea is high in antioxidants but I have never really liked the taste of it. So when I heard that I could buy a culinary grade Green Tea Matcha powder I was intrigued. This meant I could bake with it, cook with it add it to my coffe (major coffee addict here) and therefore it wasn't straight green tea flavor. A lot of people use it to add to their smoothies.

 For some of you who have never heard of this and don't know what Matcha is let me explain it. Matcha is when the whole leaf is used and consumed. Because you are using all parts of the tea leaf, it contains more of the healthful elements that green tea provides. So it is like Green Tea but with a bonus.

I decided to make Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies from a recipe I found and simply added 2 TBS of Matcha Green Tea Powder. I figured it would make a great energy boost combined with the sugar and chocolate chips. They are perfect for a mid afternoon pick me up snack. Plus I love chocolate chip anything so I knew this was a win/win.



I started with just the basic recipe added the powder before adding the chocolate chip and slivered almonds. It made a slightly green cookie but barely noticeable. It had a slight green tea taste but it really just tasted like a chocolate chip cookie with a hint of green tea. The next thing I'm going to bake are some banana green tea muffins. I just discovered a great banana muffin recipe that would be perfect together.

Right now it comes with a Free Matcha Recipe Guide book with purchase containing 50+ Recipes that will be emailed to you after purchase.

Have you tried Matcha Green Tea? Let me know what you have made with it or if you want to try it in the comments below.



I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

InstaNatural RoseHip Oil Review




I just love that I was asked to review InstaNaturals 100% Pure Rosehip Seed Oil.
I have some skin conditions that require me to extensively moisturize my skin. That is why I love Rosehip Oil. 

Rosehip oil is considered a dry oil that is amber in color. What is Dry oil? A Dry oil is one that soaks into your skin doesn't leave a greasy residue behind once its been absorbed.  Its high in fatty acids and is great for dry, weathered and dehydrated skin. Its also great for scars and treating wrinkles. 

Versatile:

You can use it straight from the bottle or you can add it to a cream, lotion, facial oil or massage oil.  Because Rosehip oil is very gentle to the skin it can be used undiluted. This is awesome for me because I have a chemical allergy to many skincare and hair care products. The option to make natural products for other uses with Rosehip oil means its extremely versatile and natural. 

Known to be beneficial to damaged skin I used this for exactly that purpose. I have an area on my ankle that is very dry and scaly. I had once worn boots that were too small (brand new unbroken in boots) and had done damage to the skin on my ankle. I have used my lotions and steroid creams but its no use because the dead skin on top was just not letting it moisturize below. What I did was I used the rosehip oil to soften up the scaly skin layer that was on top. I then would apply my steroid cream on top. After about a week of doing this, I was very happy to discover that the top scaly layer was peeling off in large sections. Used in combination with my prescription steroid creams I was able to moisturize and soften up the dead skin on top that was refusing to slough off. Now that the top layer of skin is removed I can moisturize and treat the underlying skin with my creams and with rosehip oil to treat it properly. My hope is to remove the next layer of skin so fresh new skin cells can emerge for a better looking ankle. 

If you would like to find out more about InstaNaturals 100% Pure Rosehip Oil please click the link below which takes you to the Amazon store.






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Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water




I drink water from sun up to sun down so when I was asked to review this water bottle I was pleased to say yes. I am always looking for a superior water bottle and this Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle doesn't disappoint.

This water bottle has a ton of things I like about it but the major thing is that my 2 toddlers canot open this one. Of all my water bottles thety always seem to figure out how to open it and water spills everywhere. This one has a spout thats a little stiffer to put down and pull out so it makes it super convenient for me. Also in those cases of accidental leaks.  There are other features like the fact that the spout has a straw so you don't need to tilt your head back while drinking your wataer. Or you can even remove it like I did and use it like normal. It is 25 Oz so its a good amount to keep you hdryated on long walks, or bike rides. It also has a nice handle at the top that you can link to whatever a stroller, a bike, a backpack.

 Its insulated so after putting cold water inside the water bottle I wanted to see how many hours it took to take it back to room temperature. I filled it full of ice and filled it with water at 8am. I went back to check on it at 4pm and there was still ice and cold water inside. I was pretty impressed with this. I came back in the morning and therer were still small bits of ice in the bottle. Now I'm officially Sold on this water bottle. Completely impressed with the insulation with no condensation on the oustide. One other feature I enjoy is that the mouth of the water bottle is wide, which means I can fill it with regular ice cubes from home. This is a huge plus for me. If you are looking for a nice looking insulated water bottle thats also 18/8 stainless steel food grade then this is the one for you. There is also foam at the bottom which I assume is to help protect the surface it is stitting on from damage. 

  • Featuring Premium Quality 18/8 Food Grade Stainless Steel you know this is top notch materials. 
  • Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw. This flip cap is awesome.
  • BPA Free  We like BPA free on everything 
Check out the product at the link below and let me know what you think!


#Hydracentials



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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dream Essentials Luxury Sleep Mask, Sleep Serum & Ear Plugs Review




Ok I have the best product for Mommies or anybody else who needs to take a time out and relax. So that means its pretty much everybody. Dream Essentials asked me to review their Luxury Sleep Mask with Sleep Serum and Ear Plugs. As a mom and a mom of twins I needed one of these. I consider this a "rescue pack". A Rescue pack is something that you need in order to relax. I know we all wind up tight or burn the candle wick at both ends, but its important to take time out for yourself. And as a mom of twin one year olds that is very rare. Thats where this Dream Essentials Luxury Sleep pack comes in. It comes with a Sleep Mask, Sleep Serum, and Ear Plugs.

Luxury Sleep Mask
Ok I have had several sleep masks over the years. This one is the first one that fits properly and comfortably. I also tested this in broad daylight and even facing the sun I could not see at all. It is 100% fully light blocking. It also fits snugly around my eyes so that nothing filters in the sides. It is padded nicely so if is comfortable and the strap on the back is adjustable. The strap also features the Comfort Snug™.  It's made out of 100% cotton so it is breathable and soft on your face. This is literally the nicest sleep mask I have ever had.

Sleep Serum
I used this last night , I opened it up and put it behind my ears, you can also put it on your temples or the back of your neck or all three. The heat from your body warms up the oil and intensifies the smell. The serum is made of Essential Oils of Lavendar, Rose & Roman Chamomile in a Jojoba base. This helps relax you so you can easily fall asleep or enter that relaxed state. It was nice to have the scent to think about just as your drift off as you breathe it in.

Ear Plugs
Ladies these ear plugs are designed for a smaller ear canal like ours. These plugs will block out sound such as snoring, loud kids, loud tv whatever it is. If you are like me then sometimes the only opportunity you get to nap is during the day. And normally my house is pretty busy during that time. Thats why this kit is perfect I can even go in the bedroom close the door put my mask, insert my ear plugs and relax with some sleep serum. The ear plugs even have a noise reduction rating of 32 decibel. Click below for more information and to purchase your own Dream Essentials Luxury Sleep Mask or any of the other items at the link below. Then jump to the rafflecopter and enter to win one! Easy Entry.

Use coupon Code DRLT19 to get 20% OFF Store wide exclusively at www.dreamessentials.com & get Free Shipping on orders over $25.






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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nice Deep Cleansing Facial Oil by InstaNatural Review


InstaNatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil
I have never used a cleansing facial oil so when InstaNatural asked me to review their Deep Cleansing Facial Oil I wondered if it would be effective.I have to admit I had pretty low expectations. Cleansing Oil? But when I took a cotton puff out and wiped my face with it, I was absolutely shocked at the amount of dirt that was on the puff. It was GROSS. I would post a picture of my results but it was not attractive so I chose not to. But when you think about it all of my makeup removers are oil based. So it makes sense that an oil would be able to retrieve all the dirt deep down in my pores that washing or scrubbing doesn't reach. After washing and rinsing off I was really surprised to find that my skin was not oily or greasy but soft and clean.

What is even better is that it doubles as a makeup-remover. The main benefit  of using InstaNatural Deep Cleansing Facial Oil is that it can strip your makeup and dirt away without taking away your skins natural oils. With normal soaps they can affect your natural pH balance but with this oil it doesn't disturb it at all. You can also use this oil to treat your sunburn to help soothe the skin.

It also has a lovely smell and after looking over the ingredients I knew instantly what it was. Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil. The citrus scent is mild and is also paired with Lavendar Essential Oil for a lovely combination. Another ingredient I like is the Sea Buckthorn Oil which is high in antioxidants and is considered the "original superfood".  A list of their Key ingredients includes:

Jojoba Oil
Olive Oil
Lavendar Essential Oil
Pink Grapefruit Oil
Tamanu Oil
Hemp Oil
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Geranium Essential Oil 

I mainly like this because its so versatile. I also like it because It contains natural oils. I had no skin reactions while using this product and as you already may know I have chemical sensitive skin. To purchase InstaNatural click on the Amazon link below. 


#InstaNatural




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Thursday, September 18, 2014

pureSOL Konjac Beauty Sponge Review




If you haven't heard about Konjac beauty sponges now is the time. Konjac beauty sponges are made from a moisture rich plant fiber. Because it is a natural product it helps balance the acidity of skin and oils. It also can be disposed of in your garden or compost pile because it is a natural plant fiber.  The spongey material cleans your skin from dirt and helps stimulate blood flow to the skin.

There are no dyes to make it this color. It is made of 100% pure vegetable fiber and no artificial dyes or additives that means it is safe for my chemically sensitive skin. This sponge has added Bamboo Charcoal, which has activated carbon and essential minerals to cleanse and absorb excess toxins, sebum and other harmful chemicals. What...? All that means that your skin will be clearer and brighter while minimizing pores.

When I got it wet it gets really soft, but after applying it to the skin it still has an exfoliation effect to it. The Sponge is really great because it has a flat side or the rounded side. Depending on which you find more comfortable to use or just switch them. I thought that it was more pleasant than using a washcloth or bath poof. It felt like my face was getting massaged or softly scrubbed but it felt really good!  They even give you a little plastic hook to hang in the shower for convenience. You can absolutely use this every day its that gentle. Plus I love that I know when I throw it away its safe for the environment.

Have you tried a Konjac Beauty Sponge before? What are you currently using as a facial/body scrubber? Let me know in the comments below.

Want to purchase your own pureSOL Konjac Beauty Sponge? Click on the link below and start scrubbing!

#pureKonjacSponge


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Keomi Skincare - Organic All Natural Handmade Soap Review



There is something about soap that makes me happy. When you find a good one thats quality made and smells divine it is like finding the jackpot. And boy did I find a jackpot in Keomi Skincare's Organic All Natural Handmade Soap. There are a whole list of things I find great about this soap. As you probably know by now I have very sensitive skin and I am allergic to chemicals. So there are a ton of reasons why this soap works for me.All Natural, All Organic. No matter if you have sensitive skin or normal skin these soaps will work for you.



100% Vegan
Gluten Free
Cruelty Free
No Sulfates
No Petrochemicals
No Parabens
No Artificial Fragrance
No Artificial Color





I was sent a sample of Green Tea Goddess. Keomi Skincare makes their fine soaps in small batches using a cold-process method that retains living oils. These aren't made in a big factory somewhere they are all handmade.

I used the soap and I absolutely love the smell. Just glancing at the ingredients tells me why it smells so good. Along with Organic Green Tea, it is scented with Oils of Clary Sage, Orange & Clove. It contains 10 organic vegetable, fruit, and seed oils. This makes it just smell divine. I used it to wash up and hours later my skin was still soft without moisturizing it. I just used the soap.  There is something about pampering yourself with quality soap that makes me feel like royalty. It is the small things in life that make you happy. Now the problem is I want the whole set, one of every kind of soap they make!

Check out Keomi Skincare at the link below. Tell me about your experience with Handmade soaps in the comments below!


#NaturalSkincare

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vita Nut Milk Bag Review



What is a nut bag?

I told everyone about this Vita Nut Milk Bag when I got it. Everyone said what is a Nut Bag? Honestly I hadn't heard of it either until I got one. I started reading up on the BONUS E-book that has recipes for inspiration. The major recipe that stood out was for Cold Brew Coffee. But that isn't all that you can make. Almond milk, Rice Milk, Smoothies without a juicer, and a bunch of other things. But for this review we are going to discuss Cold Brew Coffee.
#VitaNutMilkBag

What is Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold Brew Coffee is when you steep your coffee in cold or room temperature water. Steep? I'm not sure if thats the technical term, but what it does is sit out in cold or room temperature water for about 12 hours. Then it is typically put into the refrigerator to make it cool. Why would I do this? Cold Brewing coffee means that less acidity is in it making it safer for the enamels on your teeth and much more pleasant in taste. I was floored. I had never heard of anyone Cold Brewing Coffee before. Had I known this I would have been Cold Brewing my coffee out camping for years! Nobody needs to boil hot water for coffee any more.

How do I Cold Brew Coffee?

Take about 1/4 cup of grounds and toss it into 24 oz of water and leave it covered on the counter. After 12 hours of sitting out, take your Vita Nut Milk Bag and strain your Coffee water through the bag into a container. This will strain out all of the Coffee grounds so that you can drink it. Place the coffee into the refrigerator to cool , or heat up if you prefer. Then DRINK!

What did I find in Cold Brewed Coffee vs Hot Brewed Coffee?

I found that the Coffee tasted more like how it smells. It was less bitter. I could definitely tell that there was less acidity in the Coffee. Knowing that it is easier, tastes better and has less acidity makes this a win win for me. PLUS its cheaper than any other hot brewing option. All you need is a container and a VitaMilk Nut Bag.

How does it make Smoothies without a Juicer?

Use this Vita Nut Milk Bag to strain out all the pulp from your blended fruits and vegetables. I was interested in juicing and started researching prices on decent juicers. Starting at $50 I decided that the price was out of the range I didn't want to invest into something that I wasn't sure I would continue. Using the Vita Nut Milk Bag I can make smoothies and juice without having to invest into a juicer. The bag is quality made. I had no bits of coffee grinds left over in my coffee. It also dried fairly quickly after washing and rinsing the bag out.

This bag is moderately priced so check it out at the link below. Right now they have a FREE BONUS - Recipe E-Book with Nut Milk and Juicing Recipes specially designed for use with the Vita Nut Milk Bag. Tell me what you would make with a VitaMilk Nut bag in the comments below.




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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oleavine Beauty Konjac Sponge Review



Oleavine Beauty Konjac Sponge


What is a Konjac Sponge?


Ok your first question what does Konjac mean? Konjac is a plant grown in South Korea on the island of Jeju. There it is free from chemicals, pollution and other irritants. Which is totally awesome because as you may already know I have chemical allergies and skin conditions. I really need a product that is irritant free. 


Now don't get scared over it's appearance it may look hard but once the water hits this sponge it is totally soft. When it first arrived it was dry and kind of hard. I was wondering how it would feel on my face. But it hydrates almost instantly the first time you get it wet. It gently exfoliates without being harsh on your skin. In fact its so soft that I can use this on my one year old. It's that soft. But because of the structure of the sponge it also cleanses. This sponge also contains activated bamboo charcoal, which absorbs toxins, fights bacteria and excess oils. 


The shape is perfect for holding in your hand. Instead of the rectangle shape most sponges are in this one is ergonomic. It's made to fit into those small areas around your eyes and nose but still large enough that you can even use it as a body sponge. 


100% Biodegradable and Sustainable

This sponge can totally be tossed into your garden or compost and will make no environmental impact at all whatsoever. Because it is harvested from the Konjac plant it is already as natural as can be.
Not Tested on Animals, and Vegan Friendly 
It is sad that we even have to talk about this but being safe for humans AND animals is really important.  I'm so glad they support this.
Has NO Added Dyes or Colorants
Dyes and colorants don't need to be in beauty skin care products. They can cause irritation an some are allergic to certain dyes. Why take the risk when you can use something you know won't cause a problem.

Using it in the shower on my face and my body it is so soft. It really does feel nice on the face. I used it everywhere behind my ears, neck , face and also my body. I love how large the sponge is so I can use it in any area that I decide. I could use it for just a face sponge or a body sponge. Either way my skin felt like it was more than just washed but exfoliated as well. My skin felt refreshed and clean after using it. I'm amazed that it comes from a plant and is such a green product. The proper way to use your sponge is to flatten it instead of wringing it dry, this helps preserve your sponge for further use. It also comes with a thread to hang it on a hook for it to dry easily. Have you ever heard of or used a Konjac sponge? Let me know in the comments below.



#beautysponge


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Adovia Shea Butter from Cleopatra's Choice Review

Adovia Shea Butter by Cleopatra's Choice

Have you noticed how much Shea Butter is advertised in the beauty industry? In several moisturizers it is touted as containing Shea Butter as one of their main ingredients. But did you also know that raw unrefined organic Shea Butter performs best when it is used by itself? Shea Butter has been used for centuries for a variety of skin conditions. It doesn't need to be altered to be effective. That is why I love that Cleopatra's Choice asked me to review their 100% African Shea Butter.
Shea Butter and the Karite Nuts

Shea Butter is crafted from the nuts of the Karite Tree. The nuts of the fruit are crushed and boiled. The "butter" then is released and floats to the top. It is then gathered into what we call Shea Butter. Its one of the most natural products that you can get. Instead of going to another product that is mixed with other ingredients you can use raw unrefined organic Shea Butter to your advantage.

So you have your 1lb of Raw Shea Butter now what? You can use it as is. Apply it to any dry skin area, rough patch or callouses. You probably already know that I have Psoriasis. I have certain dry areas of skin that is very hard to moisturize. Using the Shea Butter and its consistency has made treating those spots easier. Using it on the bottom of your feet is also a great use. I wear flip flops in summer so my feet can get pretty rough. I wish I had known about the benefits for stretch marks when I was pregnant with twins. This would have been great for that. Just rub it on your belly to keep your skin more soft and supple.

You can also use it in DIY shampoos, moisturizers and other products that you can make at home. For me I use it straight on my dry spots on my elbows. I do this before I go to bed so it can work while I sleep. It's also a good time to apply to your feet.

After using this product for a week I did show results  in the two major problem areas for me. My elbows and my knees. They are both really thick with dry psoriasis patches. Keeping this area moisturized also helps my steroid creams work better.

I also like the way this is packaged, the last time I ordered Shea Butter Raw it came in a plastic bag that could easily rip. This is packaged in a nice container with a lid that can go on and off. Have you tried Raw Shea Butter? What would you make with it if you had some? Let me know in the comments below.

If you would like to find out more about Adovia Shea Butter click on the link below.

#adovia


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Adovia Natural Facial Moisturizer Review



I love this line of products by Adovia. It is one of my favorite brands because it works so well with my skin. So when Cleopatra's Choice asked me to review their Moisturizing Day Cream I was super excited. 

This Dead Sea line is filled with high quality ingredients that not only help moisturize my skin but don't irritate it either. I have tried numerous products and many of them irritate my skin. This is the only line where every product I have used so far doesn't cause a reaction or a breakout. 

I have psoriasis and using this product right at the hairline works great. I don't like to use my steroid creams or other prescribed creams because they are greasy and applying it to my hairline makes my hair greasy. Because of the really dry patches right at my hairline I am at times embarrassed to go out in public. Finding a product that will help me ease the dryness of the skin so that my steroid creams can work is really important to me. This product is also for ALL skin types. 

I mentioned I loved the ingredients in their products. In this Moisturizing Day Cream there is Chamomile extract, Aloe Vera, Grape Seed Oil, and Dead Sea Minerals. Chamomile Extract soothes skin, Aloe Vera is filled with antioxidants that help keep your skin hydrated and firm. Grape Seed Oil helps to lessen free radicals, which damage the skin. Combined with the elements in Dead Sea Minerals that work together to help protect and replenish your skin's moisture. 

If you are looking for a Moisturizing Day Cream give Adovia a try. It didn't irritate my skin and it soothed my dry patches on my face. Have you tried a Dead Sea Salt or Mineral product? Let me know in the comments below. 




#moisturizer #adovia


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