Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

Amazing 5-HTP Whole Food Griffonia Simplicifolia supplements

I was contacted via Instagram by NutraFitz Global Ambassador, Jeanette, aka Insta handle @themagnificentmom, to test an amazing supplement called 5-HTP Whole Food Griffonia Simplicifolia capsules. I researched it first as I don’t just take supplements willy nilly at my age. But I found the ingredients to be all natural and safe, and was delighted to give them a try.

NutraFitz 5-HTP 100 mg Whole Food Griffonia Simplicifolia supplements support well-being, good sleep, Vitamin B6 for Serotonin Conversion, help manage appetite and is formulated for Enhanced Absorption. I take one per day.

I take only one in the morning and it is all that is required. I have been sleeping great! And let me tell you, part of the reason why I have been a bit AWOL on my blog the past couple of months is due to a few injuries from the intense work I have been doing in the garden and yard since spring. Before the 5-HTP, although I was exhausted from the daily workout provided by my yard revamp (still more to do), I couldn’t get my legs to settle down. And with the supplements, I have nearly endless energy. Enough even with the Texas heat that my husband has to call me inside! That is awesome! I highly recommend this product.

NutraFitz 5-HTP 100 mg Whole Food Griffonia Simplicifolia supplements support well-being, good sleep, Vitamin B6 for Serotonin Conversion, help manage appetite and is formulated for Enhanced Absorption. You can take one cap either at bedtime or in the morning. I take mine in the morning before breakfast.

Here is what NutraFitz has to say about their 5-HTP supplement (120 capsules/1 per day!:

“As with any supplement, in order to achieve maximum benefits of a 5-HTP supplement it is important to start with a high-quality supplement.
Our unique formula begins with a pure and concentrated organic Griffonia simplicifolia extract at 98% (most on the market are 95% or less and NOT organic). We added organic sunflower lecithin oil to enhance absorption, and we include the quality form of B6 (p5p) which will give you better conversion to serotonin. All of this creates better absorption providing you with stronger effects from your supplement.
5-HTP converts directly into serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is your brains ‘happiness’ hormone and is key for mood support. Other important roles include better sleep, appetite, memory, learning, temperature regulation, sexual behavior, cardiovascular function, muscle contraction, and endocrine regulation. Another reason 5-HTP is so beneficial for sleep and mood is because once it is ingested, serotonin also gets converted into another important “master” chemical – melatonin. Melatonin is your body’s natural sleep hormone and it’s responsible for maintaining healthy sleeping patterns. Many people also use 5-HTP for weight loss because it helps reduce your appetite.
Serotonin production declines with age, and at any age its abundance can be compromised further by stress. Low levels of serotonin are most commonly manifested by depressed mood, anxiety, and insomnia. They can also lead to various other complaints and disorders, diminishing one’s quality of life. Dietary supplementation can help boost levels of 5 HTP and therefore serotonin and melatonin production, enabling you to live a better quality of life.”

Links to where you can purchase NutraFitz 5-HTP supplements.
At NutraFitz:

5-HTP 100mg Whole Food Griffonia Simplicifolia

At Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/5HTP-100mg-Supplement-Organic-Whole/dp/B07PGQD1FB/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=nutrafitz+5-HTP&qid=1561140922&s=gateway&sr=8-3

** This product for sent to me at no cost for review and testing purposes, all opinions are my own.

Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

Yeouth Neck Firming Cream with Green Tea, Argireline & Vitamin C

I am loving these Yeouth skincare products, especially since it is now summer and I am in Texas! My skin needs all the help it can get. I am happy to say these Yeouth products are amazing!

I was contacted by Sabrina, a YEOUTH Global Ambassador via Instagram @yeouthskincare to test and review another one of their skin care products. Neck Firming Cream with Green Tea, Argireline and Vitamin C

Yeouth Neck Firming Cream is a silky cream, not heavy or greasy, soaks into your skin and has a very mild, pleasant natural scent. No artificial perfumes here! I use it morning and night.

I noticed right away that applying this cream over slightly damp skin, you need such a tiny amount. And some of the effects are immediately noticeable. It goes on very smooth, very slight natural scent and no added perfumes. I love that it is all natural. I have noticed in the short time I have used it a lot of crepeyness is diminishing, however it is to be expected the firming effects will take a bit longer. I use a slight spritz of water mixed with witch hazel on my skin first.

Yeouth Neck Firming Cream comes in a generous 2 fl. oz. jar, and it takes such a tiny amount smoothed over your dampened skin to feel the full effects. A little goes a long way.
Yeouth Neck Firming Cream helps lift, tone and firm loose sagging skin while blocking free radical damage.

Here are the deets directly from the Yeouth website describing their Neck Firming Cream:

““This powerful multitasking age-defying neck firming cream is formulated to help target and improve the appearance of the delicate skin of the neck and dècolletè, helping it to regain its suppleness. The neck, dècolletè, and jawline areas appear firmed and re-defined as skin regains a smoother, more lifted appearance.

• Green Tea contains very strong, natural antioxidants called polyphenols that neutralize damaging free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process. Green tea’s antioxidant property is key to its skin-protective and repairing qualities.

• Argireline is made up of peptides, which are chains of amino acids that can affect how cells in the body work. When Argireline is applied to the skin, it is absorbed into the body and the cream’s chemical composition causes the facial muscles to contract with less force. This diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and can smooth out fine lines that appear with aging.

• Vitamin C is rich with powerful antioxidants that has limitless benefits. YEOUTH used Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a stable, oil-soluble form of Vitamin C that is very helpful for anti-oxidation and collagen synthesis. When topically applied, Vitamin C provides a skin-rejuvenating effect by improving collagen synthesis in the skin that slows down with aging, as well as limiting skin damage from free radicals.
What it does:
• This intensely hydrating formula assists over time with promoting collagen production and skin elasticity while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging
• Boosts skin hydration, firmness, and elasticity, great for aged and sun-damaged skin
• Minimizes the look of vertical lines on the delicate skin on the neck and decollete
• Helps reduce the signs of UV damage to restore an even skintone.

How it’s made:
• MADE IN THE USA
• Paraben Free
• Sulfate Free
• Phthalates Free
• Fragrance Free
• GMO Free
• Triclosan Free”

At Walmart.com

https://www.walmart.com/ip/C-GUARANTEED-Wrinkle-Cream-Vitamin-Moisturizer-Crepe-Firming-Helps-Aging-Tightener-Neck-Tea-Repair-Anti-Chin-Tightening-Double-Turkey-YEOUTH-Skin-Gre/216465269?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=6454&adid=22222222227115567946&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=233939335361&wl4=pla-385842991561&wl5=1026831&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=115056885

On the Yeouth site:
Neck Firming Cream with Green Tea, Argireline, Vitamin C

Give it a try and remember, you’re never too young to keep your skin looking that way! Would you like a 20% off coupon code? Sure you would! Use my promo code SOCIAL20 for 20% off your first order.

Yeouth also has Essential Oils, Vitamins, Cleansers, Toners and more!

Instagram: @yeouthskincare
Web site: Yeouth.com
Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/yeouth

Read more about the company here:
https://yeouth.com/pages/about-us

** This product for sent to me at no cost for review and testing purposes, all opinions are my own.

Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

YEOUTH Vitamin C&E Serum-Hyaluronic Acid, Love it!

I was contacted by Sabrina, a YEOUTH Global Ambassador via Instagram @yeouthskincare to test and review one of their skin care products. Now I love Hyaluronic acid serums and I was more than happy to give it a shot. As with all serums like this, they take time and assist your skin to build up healthy cells. I got my bottle in mid April and started using it right away. It’s a very light serum, applied to damp skin. After cleansing, I mist on straight aloe juice then apply the tiniest dot of this serum to my face, neck, chest and tops of my hands. Then follow up with sunscreen before going outside.

I have indeed noticed a softening and slight plumping on my face. I think my neck and arms will take a bit more work as I have sadly neglected them with too much sun exposure and not enough protection. My bad! Oh, and I LOVE that it is fragrance free! This serum applies like silk. Their products are satisfaction guaranteed, inexpensive and the company is very transparent in their production practices. Nice!

According to a 2018 Tweet by #Yeouth, “Animals don’t have to suffer for us to attain good looks. In support of #crueltyfree cosmetics, All Yeouth products are at 20% OFF from July 30 to August 5. Say no to animal testing by choosing cruelty-free beauty products…” This is a huge PLUS in my book in regards to skin care products. Well done Youth! My Hermione approves!

According to Yeouth, Here are the key functions of what goes into the Vitamin C&E Serum with Hyaluronic Acid:

•Vitamin C – a nutrient that is vital to skin health, Vitamin C effectively protects the skin from free radicals, reviving aged and sun-damaged skin.

•Hyaluronic Acid – nourishes your skin with spring water-like hydration, keeping skin plump and smooth through its ability to bind and hold moisture in the skin’s cells.

•Vitamin E – acting as your skin’s shield from harmful UV rays, natural Vitamin E works hard to even skin tone and build a protective barrier for your skin.”

MADE IN THE USA
•Paraben Free
•Sulfate Free
•Phthalates Free
•Fragrance Free
•GMO Free
•Triclosan Free

Give it a try and remember, you’re never to young to keep your skin that way! Would you like a 20% off coupon code? Sure you would! Use my promo code SOCIAL20 for 20% off your first order.

Find the Yeouth Vitamin C&E Serum here: https://yeouth.com/collections/serums/products/vitamin-c-and-e-serum-with-hyaluronic-acid-dp-b01a95400g

Yeouth also has Essential Oils, Vitamins, Cleansers, Toners and more!

Instagram: @yeouthskincare
Web site: Yeouth.com
Facebook: https:www.facebook.com/yeouth

Read more about the company here:
https://yeouth.com/pages/about-us

** This product for sent to me at no cost for review and testing purposes, all opinions are my own.

Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

L’Oreal Age Perfect Rosy Tone hits and misses

So, you may have noticed my posts have been a bit spotty since the end of March. With Springtime gardening on my docket, my attention has been nearly completely diverted to the outdoor tasks at hand, giving me less time to post reviews. Sorry, but my yard was calling me and for nail-related posts, I had to back off simply due to the fact, my nails have looked horrendous! That isn’t a bad thing, I’m getting a nice yard out of my labors and veggies and herbs, oh my! lol

But I did recieve another Influenster VoxBox to try, one by L’Oreal.

They sent me Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer and Rosy Tone Eye Brightener. I had high hopes until I started reading some of the ingredients were, not my cup of tea. But I mushed on and have given it time to win me over. #1, I don’t much care for scented things on my face. It makes me nervous to have too many chemicals having their way with my skin. Secondly, upon trying them on my face, I found little difference in the appearance of my skin. It’s not a makeup replacement, not a BB cream, too sheer to make a difference and low and behold, it’s got mica in it which means in the sun, sparkly reflections. I don’t like that on my face. Hard to see in my photos, but it is there.

The eye brightener did not deliver in regards to toning down dark areas, not even close. These creams tout having the ability to “renew, revive healthy tone for visibly younger looking skin.” It did not “visibly correct dark circles.” So yeah, sorry L’Oreal, these are both a miss for me. And why would they note the eye brightener is Mineral Oil Free, while the moisturizer contains it? With ingredients like, “Synthetic Fluorphlogophite” and “Tin Oxide” to name a fraction of what is inside, Ummmm, NO!

The “Immediate” payoff is not there, and the “in 4 weeks” promise? I’m not even counting on that.

Sorry this had to be so negative. Let me know if you have tried these. I am on a different path, a much belated one in regards to trying to reverse some aging and sun damage. I want more natural things that encourage skin and collagen regeneration. I want to fight free radicals and sketchy chemicals.This type of product doesn’t seem to want to do that. Until next time, that’s it on this box. I promise, I have a feeling my next one will be a lot more fun!

**I received this product through the Influenster program free of charge for complimentary and testing purposes, and was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

Perricone MD Cold Plasma+ Fragile Skin Therapy

Wow, that is a mouthful, “Perricone MD Cold Plasma+ Fragile Skin Therapy” Body Treatment with Growth Factor Peptides, Micro-Hyaluronic Acid, retinol! I received this amazing full size 6 oz. lotion in an Influenster VoxBox a couple of weeks ago. Now if you are familiar with any peptide, acid serum or lotion type skin therapies, they take a little time to begin showing signs of success. I am pretty confident that this treatment will follow suit and it has only been a couple of weeks, so I call it as I do my other new serums I have started using, “T.E.T.T” How is that for an acronym? LOL Too Early To Tell. However, I will say it glides on like silk, does not feel greasy, heavy or grainy in any way. Here are a few images of the lotion and packaging.

Perricone says of this skin therapy lotion, “This multi-tasking powerhouse dramatically promotes the most visible signs of stronger, more resilient skin on the arms, shins and other fragile areas prone to damage or bruising. Our proprietary liquid crystal delivery system allows for fast and deep penetration of key ingredients and hydration to nourish, strengthen and replenish. Dramatically improves the appearance of thin, crepey and delicate skin, leaving it feeling smoother and firmer.” And…”Promotes the most visible signs of stronger skin on arms, shins and other fragile areas.
Dramatically improves the appearance of thin, crepey and delicate skin, leaving it feeling smoother and firmer.”

And here are some of their test results, which you can see why only two weeks for me is TETT!

Clinical Results
100% showed an improvement in the appearance of lines, wrinkles, skin crepiness*

• 94% showed an improvement in skin density & skin barrier function*
• 82% showed an improvement in skin tone evenness***
*In a clinical study of 33 women over 4 weeks
***In a clinical study of 33 women at 8 weeks
• Consumer Results
94% saw smoothing of rough, damaged skin**
87% saw an improvement in fragile skin & felt skin had more elasticity**
**In a consumer study of 99 women over 4 weeks”

Again, it is too early to tell a difference, but I am anticipating good things from this high-end product. I am testing it on my neck, chest and the top of my hands. You can also use it on your shins, however I won’t need it there, my skin is pretty tough there but one can use it anywhere they feel their skin is fragile and vulnerable to damage or thinning.

I would love to be on the VoxBox list for future Perricone MD products for my sun-challenged skin. I am on a new and purposeful path to improving my skin. I am no spring chicken. LOL I will update you when I have more to report on my Instagram @lacqueredLori.

Perricone MD COLD PLASMA PLUS+ FRAGILE SKIN THERAPY
https://www.perriconemd.com

It is MSRP $99, and can be purchased at Perriconemd.com, or at Sephora. Inquire with your local Sephora on availability.

**I received this product through the Influenster program free of charge for complimentary and testing purposes, and was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Manis and lacquers, Product Reviews

Flexifinger review…it is amazing!

This is new territory for me. And I know you will finally enjoy practicing your nail skills on the Flexifinger! I have used cheapo practice hands, and frankly, they leave me feeling empty and sad. lol This is a game changer.

Sharon, creator of the Flexifinger, lifelike silicone practice fingers and hand systems, kindly shared one of her practice fingers with me…all the way from Australia! Don’t worry, I won’t resort to any “down under” references, because I will butcher it! So let’s get started! I will just share my images of practice with you, with captions. Then below, I will give you a few notes from the Flexifinger website and links where to purchase, etc. By the way, there are stockists all over the globe to make your shopping painless! Here are 17 images chronicling my wonderful experience with “Fanny”. Yes, I named her already, because that is what you do! 😉

How the Flexifinger is packaged, nice little bag with extra practice tips and instructions, backside of card has scannable UR code to see complete instructions and tutorial videos.
Instructions and suggestions come with your purchase.
A package of tips comes with your fingers or hand. This single finger uses #3 or 4.
The single Flexifinger with fully adjustable gears and a very strong suction bottom for super tight hold on slick surface. I used a ceramic tile.
Nice flat bottoms so finger won’t roll while set on table or in nail lamp.
As you can see, the nail ell is very deep for secure nail tip insertion.
The Flexifinger bends with ease.
Hand file as you would with a live hand.
Efile with are, deep nail well holds nail tip in place. I only used slight pressure at the base.
Any and all gels can be used on the tips, easily cleanable if you get it on the finger.
Fully safe in nail lamps of all types. easily clean with warm soapy water.
Dual form practice using size 3!
After polygel application, (#003 Pink Poly extension gel by Major Dijit).
Note: as directed for all silicone practice hands and digits, it is suggested you apply a ring of tape around area where paper form is attached, as forms do not securely stick to silicone.
Acrylics from start to finish, whether using paper forms, dual forms, or overlays won’t hurt the high-grade silicone. Prefer using builder gels and hard gels? Not a problem!
Easily position finger in any direction to make practicing nail art breeze.
Display your designs for class, social media and inspiration. Gel polish G.020 and glitter G.22 by Sparkle & Co.

I know that is a lot of images, but the Flexifinger is so versatile! Now for the details!

Prices on web site are Australian dollars, order there or from a stockist near you, stokers list is on their site.

Fingers come in a variety of ways, single or multiple alone without stands, like this one with stand and extra tips, and two fingers, (tips are size 3 or 4), 5 digits (thumb to pinky) w/o stand, the 5 digits with smaller single stand, Flexihand, Stand & Suction Base (Short) and Flexihand, Stand & Suction Base (Long). With each purchase of fingers or hands Sharon sends a bag of 50 practice tips. Plus they sell extra bags of nail tips come in bags of 20 and are perfect for your Flexifinger. Sizes range from 1 to 7 or 8.

New design fingers and stand. Strong suction base. Each finger has a flat underside to stop it rolling when drying. The stand is fully movable. The fingers screw onto the base. Use a single universal full well tip for each finger. Tip size 3 or 4.

http://theflexifinger.com.au

http://theflexifinger.com.au/faqs-tutorials/

http://theflexifinger.com.au/stockists-2/

Great overview video of Flexifinger and Flexihands’ capabilities https://youtu.be/has-OlMflAw

Facebook
Twitter https://twitter.com/flexifinger
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theflexifinger/

“The Flexifinger & Flexihand are the world’s most realistic silicone practice fingers. Flexifinger is a silicone training and practice finger, used by anyone wanting to excel in the art of nail enhancement.
The ease of the maneuverable, flexible, realistic silicone practice finger allows nail students and nail technicians to practice new techniques independently without the need for a model.

…The unique patented design prevents the inserted nail from slipping or moving , making it easy to practice filing and drilling too.
Spills of polish, acrylic or gels are easily wiped off the silicone with a damp cloth.
The Flexifinger can be swapped for the other finger whilst being left for the nail to cure or dry. No down time.

Anyone using the Flexifinger can quickly and easily improve their proficiency, confidence and technical abilities prior to showing their skills on clients.

Flexifinger Head Office is located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
For general enquiries, to be included on our mailing list, or for information on how to become a stockist, please complete our secure contact form, or call Sharon on 0411 244 459.”

“Why Flexifinger?
 
Flexifinger is a fantastic tool for nail technicians to practice manicures, acrylic nails, gel nails and nail art designs. Flexifinger also offers the following benefits:
 
• Great for schools and colleges
• Uses generic full well tips
• Rotates on and off the flexible stand
• Prevents down time on nail drying
• Offers a Money Back Guarantee!
• Can be used to practice any form of nail enhancement
• Easy to clean up spills
• Builds up your confidence and speed
• Can be removed from the flexible stand and cured under UV light
• Remove the tip to display your nail art
• Portable and affordable
• Available worldwide
 
To purchase your Flexifinger product simply visit the online store – they ship internationally.

Gel Nail polish and glitter by Sparkle & Co.

**Thank you Sharon and Flexifinger crew for entrusting your amazing product with me! Products shown were sent to me at no charge for my honest review.

Miscellaneous products, Product Reviews

My new nail drill is amazing!

Just a quick review of my new 30k Pro Electric Nail Drill I just bought from seller “Subay” on Amazon! I love this and such a step up from my old handheld! Why did I wait so long?!

After a few frustrating months of fighting with my cheap handheld efile, I have ditched it, and moved on! It still worked, but it would heat up, stall, changing bits was infuriating. Hours of watching excellent YouTube reviews on the model I bought from Amazon, I settled on this baby. I love it! So smooth and quiet. This will really speed things up removing product and maintaining my cuticles. Oh, and fast free shipping, 48 hours! Only $41.22! Please comment below. Have you bought this item? How do you like it?

Get it here! 30,000 rpm Pro Nail Drill bundle

* Purchased with my own money, I was not paid for this review in any way. All opinions are my own.