Wednesday, March 28, 2012

LATHER Moisture Magnet

 Another product sent by LATHER for review was their Moisture Magnet skin treatment.This is an oil-free, lightweight, paraben free moisture binding serum.  If your skin needs some moisture but you don't want to weigh it down or get too greasy, this is a great product.  You might not think you need moisture if your skin is on the oily side but most of us need some to keep our skin healthy and youthful looking.  My skin was very happy with this, especially in the colder months but now that it is getting warmer, I can still use it for a moisture boost since it won't add to the oiliness of my skin.  I was surprised when I pumped this onto my hand since it came out clear as I expected something more creamy from the name.  It is a true light-weight serum with no added colors or preservatives.  I may not have wrinkles now but using products like this will help keep it that way!


From the LATHER website
An oil-free, moisture-binding serum with hyaluronic acid, a natural humectant that revitalizes stressed or dehydrated skin. Also contains panthenol, known to help with tissue repair. Ideal for all skin types - especially dry, delicate, aging or dull skin needing extra help.

This weightless and scent-free serum increases skin hydration with an immediate plumping effect to fill out fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in smoother, more supple and more radiant-looking skin. Paraben-free.

Use: After cleansing, apply a small amount to clean fingertips and smooth over entire face and neck area. Can be used day or night, alone or followed by your daily moisturizer. Great for use during air travel to plump up and recharge dehydrated skin, or whenever skin is feeling out of balance.

Ingredients: water (aqua), glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, panthenol (provitamin B5), phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerine, hexylene glycol.





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LATHER Patchouli Olive Oil Soap

 I continue on with my new found love of olive oil soaps with LATHER's Patchouli Olive Oil Soap

LATHER sent me this bar for review purposes and since I have a lot of soap, it took me a little while to work up to using it but now I have.  This bar is really smooth and creamy, it lathers well and feels moisturizing.  When you see "patchouli" you might think of that strong aroma normally associated with hippies but this is a lovely soft version of patchouli.  As long as you keep the bar out of moisture, don't leave it sitting in a wet puddle in the shower, it will last long.  It is great as a body soap or a hand soap.  I try to use olive oil soap for my hands as much as possible since a bar of soap is said to be the best one to use as defense against germs. Not only is this soap great for your skin, natural and moisturizing but for every bar purchased, 5 bars are donated to Clean The World.


Info from the LATHER website:
This bar is great for all skin types, but especially soothing to dry skin. In addition to olive oil it includes hemp oil, one of nature�s best emollients, to help repair the skin's moisture barrier. Patchouli essential oil is blended with lavender for a nice balance of warm, earthy, herbal and floral, to center the mind and induce a sense of calm. Rosemary extract acts as a natural preservative. Sulfate and paraben-free.

Use: With water, work into a rich lather.

For every olive oil soap sold, LATHER will donate the equivalent of five bars of soap to Clean The World, a non-profit organization that recycles and distributes soap around the world to people in need. 

Ingredients: saponified oils of palm*, coconut* and olive*, patchouli oil, lavender oil, orange oil, hemp oil, rosemary extract*. *organic ingredients




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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gabriel Organics Sea Fennel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

 Another item I was sent for test and review was Gabriel Organics Sea Fennel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.  I am always looking for gentle natural ways to remove my eye make up so this was a good one for me to test out.  This comes in a spray bottle.  You spray it on cotton and then wipe the makeup off your eyes.  I found this very soothing and gentle on my eyes, especially considering that I was dealing with an allergic reaction to eye drops.  Since this is so natural, I was quite surprised to see that it sprays blue though I shouldn't be, there are things in nature that are colorful.  I spritz it a few times on a cotton round and usually have plenty enough to remove the makeup on both eyes.  If I am wearing heavy eyeliner, I might use one round per eye to make sure the liner comes off fully.  This retails at $15.50 per bottle on their website.



Info from the Gabriel Organics Website: 

An extremely mild liquid of sea fennel and chamomile, which gently and effectively removes all traces of eye makeup without irritating the delicate eye area.  Eyebright extract soothes tired, sore eyes and diffuses redness and puffiness.  3.3oz/100ml
 
Ingredients List: Aqua (Infusion of Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice), Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract,   Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract*, Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae Powder(Blue Green Algae),     Guaiazulene (Azulene)*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract,    Ammonium Lauroyl Sarcosinate (Amino Acid), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Flower Oil*,     Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Potassium Sorbate



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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gabriel Cosmetics Lip Gloss

I recently started hearing about Gabriel Cosmetics.  They are both a natural and animal friendly company.  I received a few products to try out for review and I am starting with a review of their Lip Gloss.  I got to test out their lip gloss in Ambrosia which is a gorgeous pearly nude shade.  If you want to play up your eyes, this is a great gloss to wear.  This is also a fantastic color for summer if you have a bronzed look going on.It applies smooth and creamy and isn't all sticky like some. I had no BF complaints while wearing it. I love a nice moisturizing lip gloss that has just the right hint of color like this one.   Retails on their site for $16.75

Taken with Flash
Taken with natural light
Info from the Gabriel Cosmetics Website

These moisturizing lip gloss treatments were formulated with Jojoba, Aloe, Chamomile and other conditioning plant ingredients to soothe and smooth sensitive or chapped lips.  Apply alone for a hint of sheer liquid color or use together with your favorite lipsticks to create an endless array of shades and coverage.  A chemical-free sunscreen has been added for outdoor protection. PABA-free. SPF 8 .35oz/10g\
  
Gluten & Lead Free  

Ingredients: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil , Isopropyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,   Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil,     Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum (Sea Fennel) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Iron Oxides, Mica, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract
   




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Monday, March 19, 2012

My Appointment with a Dr. Hauschka Certified Esthetician

 The natural store a few blocks from my office had signs up that you could book a time with a Dr. Hauschka certified esthetician this past Friday.  I decided to book a time in the morning since I've been curious about their products.  For a $15 non-refundable booking fee, I got 30 minutes to talk with the esthetician who looked at my skin and told me what products would be best for me.  I got to try some products and also got some samples.  There was also a special where your $15 booking fee was credited towards your purchase, you got 20% off your purchase of Dr. Hauschka products that day and also got a gift with purchase.

Dr. Hauschka skincare is all natural and not greenwashed like many out there.  You can read and recognize most of the ingredients on the label.  The company has also been doing skincare for over 40 years.  They have done work in both skincare but also holistic remedies. 

I went without any make up on, which was hard since I had a couple pimples last week. When it was time for my appointment, we sat in the cafe area, which wasn't open yet, so it was nice and quiet.  She started by asking what my routine is now and what products I use.  She seemed very happy that I wear mineral make up.  She explained a lot about the line and the products and how to use them.  She told me that my skin looks pretty good and doesn't seem to have any problem concerns so for this line she suggests I go with "normal" though I might want to switch to oily for moisturizer when it gets warmer out.  

From the sounds of their products and the way they suggest you use them, they are very much a less is more kind of brand and show a strong belief in being gentle and kind to your skin.  Even with toners, moisturizers and cleansers, they go for an application of gently patting and pressing it into your skin instead of any vigorous rubbing or circling like many of us are used to.  She also said that if you wear very gentle natural make up that is light, you don't need to do a deep cleanse as often, maybe just a couple times per week. She suggests a daily cleanse to simply clean your make up off and deep cleansing less often.  They also suggest that you don't apply moisturizer, cream or oil at night before bed. They suggest instead doing a light cleanse and toner and then let your skin breathe overnight as that is when it heals and rejuvenates itself.

Her skin was gorgeous and she looked very natural and not too made up so I think I might follow her tips and see how I do. Their products are not on the cheap end but they seem to be extremely high quality and long lasting. I plan to review all the items I bought and samples I received on my blog. 

The products suggested to me for my skin:

Morning- 
Evening - 
Complementary Care -
What I came home with:
Tons of info on the brand and my personal facial care plan
A sample bag
Free sample kit on left and gift with purchase on the right
My free gift with purchase over $50, there was a different GWP for a purchase under $50
The inside of the free sample kit
Inner flap of sample kit

Ingredient info for the free sample kit
I purchased 2 things.  I wanted to get this gorgeous lipstick she tried on me but they had sold out.  I figure I can pick it up another time.



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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patty's Day look with Bare Escentuals Sun Goddess, Envy, Sun Dollar & Root

Happy St. Patrick's Day readers! In celebration of the holiday and in celebration of my eye healing from an allergic reaction to eye drops, here is my first look in a while. 

I am wearing:
  • 100% Pure Luminous Primer for face
  • BE Prime Time for Eyes
  • BE original foundation in Golden Fair
  • BE Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Faux Tan Matte as all over face color
  • BE Original Mineral Veil
  • BE Soft Focus Glee as blush
  • BE Sun Goddess from lash to brow
  • BE Envy on lids
  • BE Sun Dollar in crease & V
  • BE Root wetlined
  • 100% Pure mascara in black
  • Gabriel Lip Gloss Treatment in Ambrosia* (This was sent to me for review purposes) 
Natural Light:

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Everyday Minerals Shimmer Eyes in Juniper

The other eyecolor I was sent to test out was Everyday Minerals Shimmer Eyes in Juniper.   This is a great neutral shade for all eye colors and has a good amount of shimmer and sparkle.  I am really liking this as a crease color or as a nice lid shade.  I am a big fan of bargain hunting and the prices of Everyday Minerals are great.  I am happy to say, it looks like their products are great too! I hope I get the chance to try more of them!  Retails for $8 for a jar or $5 for travel size.

Applied dry on top and wet on bottom
Info from the Everyday Minerals Website

A dreamy silver sparkly brown shade with copper sheen.
Make a striking, sparkling impact with Everyday Minerals' shimmer eye shadow. Bursting with tons of shimmering minerals as bright as collection of diamonds in the sky, your eyes will be as unforgettable as you are. Life is always better with sparkle and shine!
 Ingredients - Mica (CI 77019), Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Mica: Is a naturally occurring mineral noted for its transparent sparkly luster.
Lauroyl Lysine: An all-natural amino acid derived from coconut fatty acid, contributing to the products silk like creamy texture and spreadability qualities.
Titanium Dioxide: An inert white mineral that is used as a color adjuster.
Iron Oxides: Cosmetic pigments used to add depths of color.

*
Our products are always vegan and cruelty free. We have signed with Leaping Bunny & PETA. 


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Everyday Minerals Travel Size Sea Horse

One of the eye colors I was sent to try out by Everyday Minerals was Sea Horse.  It is a nice creamy shade, very pearly and a great highlight color.  The neat thing about this was that they sent me a travel size which comes in a little rollerball tube.  I wasn't sure how these would work but it seems to work great.  I read some tips that said it is better to zigzag the rollerball applicator instead of trying to apply in one long stroke and it worked well.  I would love to try these in more shades, especially at their great price.  A travel size Sea Horse retails at $4.50   It works well to apply with the rollerball and then you can blend and tweak the eye look as desired with a brush.  To learn more about travel size, visit: Let The Good Times Roll  They have a lot of these available as singles but also have some fun sets. 


Info from the Everyday Minerals Website

Full of frill, a creamy cream shade that is sure to make your eyes blossom.
Perfect your pretty by choosing Everyday Minerals' pearl eye shadow. Offering just the right amount of sheen and radiance, pearl shades work well for highlighting and adding a heaven sent dash of vivid color. Light up your eyes with these gorgeous treasures!
Ingredients: 
Mica (CI 77019), Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Mica: Is a naturally occurring mineral noted for its transparent sparkly luster.
Lauroyl Lysine: An all-natural amino acid derived from coconut fatty acid, contributing to the products silk like creamy texture and spreadability qualities.
Titanium Dioxide: An inert white mineral that is used as a color adjuster.
Iron Oxides: Cosmetic pigments used to add depths of color.


*Our products are always vegan and cruelty free. We have signed with Leaping Bunny & PETA. 




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Monday, March 12, 2012

Badger Balm Stress Soother

Another essential members of my ever growing Badger Balm collection is Stress Soother. I picked this one up in an online order and love to keep it in my work tote.  The Tangerine & Rosemary scent reminds me of being at the spa.  I close my eyes and inhale a deep breath of it.  You can massage it into your hands, temples or forehead.  Take deep relaxing breaths and "think lovely thoughts," as my boss likes to tell us.  It isn't hard to close your eyes and travel away from your daily stressed when you smell this.  I instantly imagine being in the lounge at the spa I often go to for treatments. It is always important to take a break and just breathe too and good aromatherapy like this can help you do that.  I often want to let out my breath with a big sigh after inhaling it.  A 1 oz tin retails for $8. 



Info from the Badger Balm Website

USDA Certified Organic

Easy to use and smells great! Badger Bill chose specific oils for this balm to help people "rise to the occasion", and to promote calm and courage when times get tough. Badger's Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil deeply moisturizes while pure essential oils uplift and encourage you. In traditional aromatherapy, Rosemary instills clear thinking and confidence; Tangerine and Spearmint are uplifting and cheering; Cedarwood helps build inner strength; Roman Chamomile and Lavender are soothing and relaxing, and Rose is all about love and forgiveness. 

Directions for use: Just rub a little on hands, temples, forehead, or anywhere that needs soothing and breathe it in - the aroma will do the rest.
Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Essential Oils of *Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine), *Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Verbenone), *Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood), *Mentha Viridis (Spearmint), *Rosa Damascena (Rose Otto), *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile), and CO2 Extracts of *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), & *Rosa Canina (Rosehip).

* = Certified Organic



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Friday, March 9, 2012

Everyday Minerals Long Handled Kabuki and Rhapsody in Peach Blush

 I got to test out and play with some fun products from Everyday Minerals as suggested as a favorite natural brand by a few of my readers. You can find them at http://www.everydayminerals.com/   The first products I want to talk about are their blush and long handled kabuki brush.

Everyday Minerals Blush is a nice mineral cheek color.  The Rhapsody in Peach shade has a hint of sparkle and looks very soft and natural on.  I find it gives me a pretty healthy glow.  The packaging is different than a lot of other mineral cosmetics.  The blush comes in a jar that is much wider and flatter than typical jars.  When you open it, there is a sifter twist top to get the blush out.  The blush retails for $9 which is a great price for a full size mineral blush. Blushes range in size and price from $5 to $10.


Everyday Minerals Long Handled Kabuki brush is a fabulous synthetic brush.  I couldn't believe how soft it was and actually had to double check me info to confirm that it was indeed synthetic. It was so soft I made my boyfriend let me swirl it around on his skin to make him see how soft it was LOL I am sure he was thrilled.  Their brushes are vegan and 100% cruelty free.  This is a great brush for foundation, cheek colors or all over face colors.  I used it with the Everyday Minerals Blush and it worked great.  This brush retails for $12.99.





Info from the Everyday Minerals Website

Rhapsody in Peach Blush - A natural flush for perfectly kissed cheeks, look no further than these natural shades to provide your cheeks with a flattering touch of color. 100% intensely pigmented minerals with a silky, satiny feel.  Ideal for all skin types and you can mix and match shades.
Rhapsody In Peach Blush is a delightful coral color to give your cheeks a kiss of color
Mica
We use mica as our key ingredient in our blushes, it’s a naturally occurring mineral noted for its transparent sparkly luster.

Ingredients - Mica (CI 77019),Lauroyl Lysine. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891),Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492,CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).


Long Handled Kabuki Brush - 100% Cruelty Free. Luxurious and dense super-soft synthetic fibers with renewable bamboo handles. Vegan all the way. Perfect for even full coverage powder applications.
The Long Handled Kabuki Brush is the perfect brush for building up your foundation to the desired coverage.  It is also fabulous for blush and face powder application.

Ideal brush for cheek, base, face powders. With renewable Bamboo handles and synthetic hair.
measurements - 4.20" long, 1" wide, 2.50" ferrule to tip.


Our products are always vegan and cruelty free. We have signed with Leaping Bunny & PETA.

Some info about the Everyday Minerals Brand: 
Everyday Minerals products are free of nanotechnology, carmine,
dimethicone, fragrance, animal by products, bismuth oxychloride,
silicone and lake dyes. We are a vegan line, offering high quality
mineral makeup at a price affordable to all women.

Everyday Minerals is about:

1)   Being healthy. That means taking care of my skin by using all-natural
products that are actually good for it! That¹s why I started this mineral
makeup company.
2)   Saving money. I am not going to pay 25-40 bucks on foundation. Period.
Our products are ridiculously inexpensive.  That¹s also why I started this
mineral makeup company. Women shouldn¹t have to pay a premium for
looking stunning.
3)   Thinking globally in everyday actions. As a woman and mother with
a daughter, women’s issues are very important to me. At Everyday
Minerals, we believe that women’s issues are the moral battleground of
this century. As such, we recently launched our Everyday Forward
mission, in which all proceeds from a designated product go to a
selected woman’s charity, such as Kiva.org, Womenforwomen.org,
Care.org, and Globalliving.org. One day every woman in the world will
be given the love, dignity, and appreciation they deserve to fulfill
their gifts and dreams.








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Thursday, March 8, 2012

LATHER Bulgarian Rose Phyto-nutrient Elixir

Another LATHER product I was sent to test out was their bulgarian rose phyto-nutrient elixir. This is a fabulous natural refresher for your skin.  It helps boost your skin's immune system and helps reduce redness or inflammation which we all tend to need some help with.  This feels wonderful on, a light spritz is all you need.  You wait for it to absorb into your skin and you are ready to go.  It smells beautiful.  I just love the rose and ylang ylang aroma.  You can apply it before moisturizer or facial oil or use it during the day when your skin needs a pick me up. 


Info from the LATHER website

This unique, plant-based facial spray contains rare ingredients with powerful restorative properties. Organic Bulgarian rose combined with ylang ylang from Madagascar and oat beta glucan helps to improve the immune system of the skin and reduces redness and inflammation. This elixir regulates sebum production while stimulating collagen production, adding a healthy glow to the face. Paraben-free.

Use: Spritz onto entire facial area and allow skin to absorb. Apply when in need of an added refresher throughout the day. Can also be used as a toner after cleansing.

Retails for $21

Ingredients: rosa damascena (organic Bulgarian Rose) hydrosol, purified water (aqua), oat beta glucan, aloe barbadensis (aloe) leaf juice, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, potassium thiocyanate, yeast extract, vitis vinifera (grapeseed) extract, milk amino acids, chondus crispus (red algae), zinc acetylmethionatel, retinyl palmitate polypeptide (vitamin A), rosa damascena (organic Bulgarian rose) oil, cananga odorata (organic Madagascar ylang ylang) oil.



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Monday, March 5, 2012

My Elimination Diet Adventure

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you are likely aware that I have been doing an elimination diet to check for reactions to foods.  I am more than willing to share that I have dealt with a lot of medical issues and they all seemed to point to 2 things.  #1 Stress and #2 Allergies or Intolerances

It was often suggested to me by friends or readings that I should do an elimination diet but I was never ready for it.  This takes a lot of discipline and restraint and time.  In December, when I had my wisdom teeth out, I wanted to avoid dairy since I am lactose intolerant so I wouldn't have any digestive upsets while recovering since I knew I would be dealing with a lot in recovery from the surgery.  Without dairy for days, I appeared to keep having digestive attacks.  I was able to narrow the suspects down somewhat but wasn't sure which ingredient(s) were the cause.  This is when it finally hit me that I needed to figure this out.  From what I read in books about Ayurveda, it strongly discourages you from eating foods you can't digest.  It makes sense really, so why did I keep on eating like this wasn't an issue?  I suppose I didn't want to deal with it.  I wanted to eat what I wanted.  I didn't want to have limits on myself.  I wanted freedom.  Unfortunately, these things were not making me feel good.  Instead, I felt lethargic, moody, tired, sick to my stomach, bloated and congested. I also had gotten up to the highest weight I have ever been in my life.  When I injured my low back and hip last summer, I started to really pack on the pounds.  I could barely go for walks or be active so it was easy to do and of course, the pain and emotions from not being able to do what I want made me turn towards food for comfort.  I just kept spiraling downward.  My weight kept going on, my pain kept getting more consistent and I kept feeling worse.  It was finally time.

The most important thing to know when doing an elimination diet is that it only has 1 purpose - to figure out if you react to certain foods.  This is not a cleanse or a way to lose weight.  

When I started the elimination diet, I did lots of prep work first.  I did research, asked friends who had done a similar diet for info, did reading and finally did lots of shopping.  This is not a cheap diet to do, especially if your significant other wants to join you.  I went to the local co-op market, the local gluten free market, a natural food store near my office and a big huge awesome co-op market in Albany.  I was stocked up pretty well on basics like gluten free flours, allergen free bread, raw almond butter, rice, organic potatoes, organic apples, etc.  Then I needed to make sure we had eaten, tossed or gifted any foods we weren't allowed to eat on the diet that might spoil.  Once that was all done, the diet started.

The general diet I followed is the Comprehensive Elimination Diet.  A friend had given me the info from when she did this diet and I found a updated PDF file online with the same diet with a few minor changes.  The new diet didn't allow you to eat lemons or potatoes.  I am not sure I could live without potatoes and was pretty sure I have always been ok eating them so I ate them but remained aware to look for possible reactions.  I had seen many diets say it was ok to use lemon for flavor so I did and did ok.  I cooked most all of my food.  Processed foods are discouraged on this since many of these foods are in them as well as bad ingredients like artificial flavor and coloring. 

Here is the PDF file about the diet:  http://www.functionalmedicine.org/content_management/files/ifm_Comp_Elim_Diet_091503.pdf

After a week of strictly following this diet, I felt better than ever.  My energy was better, my mood was better, my digestion was better and I wasn't bloated.  I did have withdrawal symptoms the first few days, I assume it was especially from giving up sugar for the first time in my entire life.  I had headaches and hot flashes.  After those days, I felt great.    I decided to let myself have a treat for Superbowl Sunday and BOOM, I was sick, depressed, tired, did I mention sick?  I learned my lesson and went back on the diet before testing more foods.  I would test a food and wait a day or two to see how I felt.  I seem to react to foods within 12-24 hours from the way things played out.

I am doing to discuss my results and or reactions below.  Since Dr. Oz discusses poop on national TV, I feel it is ok to discuss it here but I will call it something a little nicer, just in case you might feel uncomfortable reading about it.  

A link with info on symptoms of food allergies or intolerances: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-allergy/DS00082/DSECTION=symptoms

My results:

Corn - my tummy hurt so bad it woke me up, extreme bloating, cramps, headache, stuffy sinuses, an urgent need to go to the bathroom, very down and depressed feeling

Red Wine - no obvious reaction, felt fine

Chocolate - headache, tummy ache, urgent need to go to the bathroom

Wheat/Gluten - no obvious reaction , felt fine

Organic Cane Sugar, Natural local Maple Syrup - no obvious reaction, felt fine

Tomatoes - I ate a couple different natural organic tomato sauces that I knew were free or ingredients that could cause reactions and ever time I had a very upset tummy followed by an urgent need to go to the bathroom

Peanuts & Peanut Butter - a little bloating but no obvious reaction

Organic Natural Beef - no obvious reaction, felt good

Organic Natural Pork - a little bloating, no obvious reaction besides that, felt fine

Soy - (I had been told by an allergist a few years ago that I am allergic to soy) no obvious reaction, mild bloating

Milk - (I took lactaid when I had milk since I know I am lactose intolerant)  no reaction that surprised me, some bloating and an urgent need to go to the bathroom

Mushrooms - no obvious reaction

Eggs - mild upset tummy moving towards very upset tummy the next morning, urgent need to go to the bathroom

Processed meat like bacon & pepperoni - I picked up natural varieties of these that were minimally processed and really didn't feel well.  Major tummy upset, nausea, urgent need to go to the bathroom.


I plan to retest corn, chocolate, eggs and tomatoes while slowly reintroducing other foods into my diet.  If I notice any reactions without these 4 foods, I plan to investigate further. 




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Friday, March 2, 2012

Acure Oil Control Day Cream

 I was sent a couple of Acure products to try out and the first one I tried is their Oil Control Day Cream.  This is meant to be an all day moisturizer to help with normal to oily skin.  While my skin is sensitive, it can get oily, especially if I don't wear my mineral makeup and go naked faced for the day.  I applied this to my forehead, nose, sides of nose, cheeks and chin. This is where I tend to get really oily.  I found that it made my skin feel really soft and smooth and helped fight off the greasy build up I often get.  It is pretty light and absorbs fast.  I love the look of the packaging though it can be a little hard to use the pump in the bottle. I would suggest this for anyone who gets a little too oily throughout the day or has constant oily skin.  I felt it made a difference for me.


 From the Acure Website

This easily absorbed blend of organic botanicals improves texture and tone while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. The powerhouse combo of Co-enzyme Q10 and organic rosehips pack a serious antioxidant punch to moisturize and protect. Helps control sebum production while dealing with underlying dryness issues with an ultra-light moisturizer. Most people with oily skin don't realize that it can be from an underlying dryness issues causing the skin to overproduce sebum. Problem solved! 1% Chlorella Growth Factor
1 oz  -$18.99 
Ingredients: Organic Curoxidant Blend (Organic Acai Berry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Rosehips, Organic Elderberry, Organic Nettle Leaf, Organic Cranberry, Organic Goji Berry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Pomegranate, Organic Blueberry), Organic Calendula officinalis, Organic Chamomile, Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Yerba Mate, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Emulsifying Wax NF (Vegetable), Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, Organic Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE (vegetable derived),  (Vegetable) Glycerin, Organic Sunflower Oil, Infusion of Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower in Fair Trade Certified™ Organic Olive Oil, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented Sugar), D-Alpha Tocoperyl Acetate (Vitamin E), CoQ10, Organic Chlorella Growth Factor, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Essential oils of Sage, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Spearmint.
Directions:  
"Oily" in the morning, apply a small amount to clean skin to troubled areas.
 


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