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Sunday, 21 February 2016

My Review on L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise - Arginine Resist X3

I have dabbled in L'Oreal Products over the years, and usually have 2-3 shampoo/conditioner combinations on the go at one time.

My hair is dyed, thin, past my shoulders, knots easily, and if I use the hair dryer it likes to come out easily.

What might help me?

Apparently L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise - Arginine Resist X3 will.

It is the Science of Arginine for Stronger, Reinforced Hair.

What Does it Promise?

It promises that there will be 64% less hair fall with its Triple Action Formula:
- Nourishes the hair bulb
- Restructures the hair fiber
- Hair grows more resistant

It's a reinforcing routine that makes hair turn from weak, fragile hair with a tendency to fall to strong, restructured hair.

Hair fall can occur for a number of reasons, including styling, stress, and aging.  For best results, follow the complete Arginine Resist X3 Regime:

Step 1: Clean with the Shampoo which strengthens with Arginine, cleanses the scalp, and nourishes the root

I found after using the shampoo, my has a more straw-like texture.  It also has lot of nice suds to it, and I like the scent - it's nice and light.  A little bit of this shampoo will go a long way!

Step 2: Condition with the Conditioner, that penetrates hair from root to tip for hair that is soft, strong, and shiny

I tend to leave conditioner on for a few minutes, and as usual this conditioner won't last as long as the shampoo.  It's a nice thick cream, and after rinsing, my hair definitely feels less straw-like and I can immediately run my fingers through it after towel drying it.  This doesn't normally happen, as my hair is generally quite tangly after towel drying.

Step 3: Target the roots of your hair with the root spray treatment to stimulate micro-circulation and the stronger growth of hair.

I really like this spray - it's light, lets me leave my hair down with or without using a blow dryer, and my hair actually looks decent down all day long with minimal rebrushing in-between.

I found using this regime has brought a definite improvement to my hair loss - it just doesn't really happen as often.

And I have way less tickly bra-hair to pick out in the middle of the day - ladies, you know what I mean!

One of the best parts of this trio, is it's available at Food Basics at a pretty decent regular price, and is way less than alternate salon brands. I've also noticed it at Shopper's Drugmart and Walmart at higher price points.

I know a lot of products say things, or there are WAY too many options to choose from, we just stick with the same brands, but I would definitely go out of my way to ensure Arginine X3 is part of my rotating hair care routine. I have actually seen and felt a difference over the last 2-3 weeks since I started using this particular product.

And I like the results!

****I received this product at no cost for my fair and fabulous review***

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Rhodiola Rosea - Nature's Remedy for CFS?

I have tried so many different remedies to treat my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and found that the road-less-travelled has been the most effective to date.

Compared to 3 years ago, I'm like a new person.

I used to go 3-4 days between workouts as my body needed that much time to recuperate from the exertion from a weak ass 30 minute workout.  Now I go back to back, and sometimes go upwards of an hour working out after a 2 hour bike ride in the summer.

I don't nap in the middle of the weekdays in the nurse's room or my car anymore.  Well, unless you count once in December.  It had been a good year since the previous nap.

Those are just a few examples of how my Naturopathic Doctor helped me where my Mainstream MD could and would not.

But ND medicine comes at a price.  A price I felt we could no longer afford as Clark Kent Day Job's medical plan doesn't see ND medicine as real medicine, thus it was 100% out-of-pocket.  A price that I've now taken into my own hands pending I don't see too much regression of my symptoms.

So I take advantage, where I can, to test out new remedies.  I've drunk remedies that taste like Pine Needles...need I say more?

I was recently introduced to Rhodiola Rosea, which is supposed to:

- Reduce Stress & Anxiety
- Improve Athletic Performance
- Improve Mental Focus & Concentration
- Improve Energy
- Improve Sex Drive and Performance

These are all awesome claims - I can be a stress free sexy athlete!

What is Tibetan Rhodiola?

Rhodiola Rosea is an extremely potent and effective adaptogen – a class of herbs which work holistically on the body, bringing it back to its peak state of homeostasis. Rhodiola is probably the most energizing of all the adaptogens. Many people prefer rhodiola to coffee for a morning “perk up” because it gives a longer lasting and smoother type of energy, as opposed to the jittery feeling of excess caffeine. Rhodiola also helps with mental focus and concentration.
And even though it gives a powerful boost of energy, it actually helps people with depression, anxiety, and their moods. It’s a very pleasant form of energy rather than a “nervous” form.
The vitamin capsules are actually some of the smallest I've seen, and have no odour - to me, this is a positive when I take vitamins, as I don't do well swallowing pills in the morning, but the energy boosting ones require a morning dosage - best when I wake up and require a jolt of energy to drive to work. And remember that I drove to work (sometimes I forget how I got to work).
The dosage is 1-3 capsules a day - I recommend starting at 1, and increase as required.  Listen to how your body reacts - if it feels like too much, scale back on your dosage to prevent over-stimulation of your body.
After 2 weeks of usage, I feel a bit mellower and my mood has been more streamlined - with recent major stress, I didn't have a downward spiral, but remained more level headed and upbeat.

It didn't affect my energy levels significantly enough for me to notice, therefore I feel it is time to up the dosage to 2 capsules a day and see if that helps.  It takes a LOT to boost my energy though, and I have been taking different supplements for many years now. 
I have been able to focus a bit better on my tasks at home, work, and while studying though, which is beneficial with a mid-term coming up next week!  
Behind the bedroom doors remains in Vegas, but I can happily say it has given us a slight boost in that area (perhaps due to the more even mood?).

So overall, Rhodiola Rosea has helped with my Zen mood slightly, and I have yet to see any significant changes in my energy levels.  My body is tough to break through though for supplements, so that likely has something to do with it. 

***I received this product at a reduced or no cost for my fair and fabulous review***

Monday, 15 February 2016

My Review on I-Light Organic Advanced Brightening & Line Smoothing Eye Treatment

Sweetsation is an American company that changes the way you look and feel.  

Its products also have NO: artificial colours, artificial fragrances, formaldehyde, Oxybenzone, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, TEA, DEA, or GMOs

They have a sweet line of products, including: Face Cleansers, Masks, Serums, Moisturizers, Sun Screen, and Repair Treatments.

I was interested in trying out their I-Light Organic Advanced Brightening & Line Smoothing Eye Treatment to help get rid of the evidence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome around my eyes (i.e. darkness under the eyes).  

It promises to:

  • After 4 weeks it visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Calming and restorative, rich in antioxidants provided by a cocktail of superberries like Goji, Raspberry, Pomegranate, Cranberry and Blueberry and rich in Vitamin C, I*Light fights skin damage and cellular oxidation that causes premature aging, by excessive free radical activity.
  • I*Light is the only eye treatment you will ever need and it will become your #1 favorite product. It offers quadruple action. Unique blend of natural oils and plant extracts instantly smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, de-congests and lightens the eye area, instantly minimizing visible under eye shadowing and puffiness.
  • Combination of Kojic Acid and Milk Thistle repair sun damage and sun spots, hence improve and brighten up overall eye area, while Caffeine, Horse Chestnut, Arnica, and Ginkgo Biloba improve blood circulation acting as decongestants, reducing water retention, shadows and puffiness. Adding astringent properties, they cause constriction of blood vessels, anti-inflammatory, as well as circulation boosting properties. Reishi and Caviar rich in vitamins, CoQ10 and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid help to fight aging, supporting natural skin function the best way possible, improving firmness, elasticity and keeping your eyes looking fresh, bright and forever beautiful.

One of the first things I notice was the applicator.  You squeeze a tiny dot out underneath each eye, and can rub with either your finger, or the applicator tip.  I prefer using my finger, as I am able to blend in the cream into the corners and sides of my eyes easier.  The applicator tip, however, is smooth and soft enough to use if this is your preference.

The cream is a nice medium thickness white cream, and one of the first things you will notice, is that it smells like chocolate!  A nice light chocolate scent.  I suppose that is where the name "Sweetsations" comes from.  

I apply it in the morning routine and my nightly routine for best results.  

What I have noticed, is that underneath my eyes has become increasingly lighter - as in, I do not look like a walking zombie when I am not wearing makeup.  Normally I need to blend in cover up underneath my eyes to help with the darkness, otherwise I look quite fatigued under the eyes.  


It has also started helping out with the puffiness underneath my eyes as well.  

I normally apply this cream underneath my eyes prior to using my regular all over face moisturizer.  It takes only a minute or two to dry into my skin.  

After my experience with this eye cream, I am really looking forward to trying out Sweetsensation's Face Mask and Sun Screen!  

I feel SO much better when I use skin products with an ingredient list that I can understand (aka natural ingredients).

***I received this product at a reduced or no cost for my fair and fabulous review***

Thursday, 11 February 2016

My review on ExfoliMATE Magic Exfoliating Shower Cloths

Green Heart Labs is a North American company that believes in natural skincare products that really work, being environmentally friendly, and ensuring that these products are accessible for everyone.

Their product line includes Body Lotions, Body Peels, Face & Body Mud Masks, and ExfoliMATE Magic Exfoliating Shower Cloths.

I was given the opportunity to try out their Exotic AnimalPrint ExfoliMATE Magic Exfoliating Shower Cloth.

It arrived with minimal packaging in under a week (from the USA to Canada), and came with a sample lip balm.

I really want to eat the lip balm, it smells so good! 


How does this cloth help your skin?

·         - Cleans pores and follicles to banish blemishes and reveal a fresh glow
·         - Reaches tough to treat spots like back, butt, and shoulders
·         - Exfoliation helps control breakouts by removing dead skin and bacteria
·         - Long-lasting green fiber and biodegradable packaging
·        - Loofah scrubber increases lather making body acne clearing wash last longer

I don’t have a lot of major skin issues, but I can never reach my back, and my feet are really quite rough. 

Normally, I use a Loofah ball, and kind of hit it on my back to get some soap there (and I’m not a large girl, I’m just not that Flexible – I’m a work in progress!).

The Shower Cloth is light, yet, has the texture of what pumice stones would be if they were a fabric. Using the cloth, the texture is soft, yet you can feel its effects of gently washing and exfoliating my skin – giving it an extra boost of energy.

It requires an extremely minimal amount of soap to create loads of suds.  You know how much I love suds and soap! 

To cleanse your back, you literally just grab either side of the cloth with opposite hands and scrub away – it’s like a super exfoliating scarf.

For my feet, I’ve been scrubbing them gently every day, and they have started to regain some of their softness. 

Once your cleansing is done, hang your cloth to dry – it literally dries in under an hour.

Honestly, I don’t feel I will go back to my Loofah – its demise was coming close anyhow.  I really have become quite accustomed to feeling the scrubbing goodness of daily exfoliation without actually having to purchase an exfoliating scrub (which generally doesn’t last long as they don’t suds up or go over the skin as well as regular bathing soap).
I am also one with my inner animal. this cloth suits my current animalistic nature.

***I received this cloth at a reduced or no cost for my fair and fabulous review.