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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Era Organics Starter Kit Review

If you frequent this blog, then you know that I love trying out new things, especially when it comes to beauty products. I was recently given the opportunity to review the latest in skin care. A vegan-friendly, non-allergenic and made mostly of organic food grade nutrient starter kit from Era Organics.

The ERA Starter Kit contains seven items: a Firm and Lift Eye Cream, a Firm and Lift Eye Serum, the Concentrated Age Defense Facial Serum, the Intensive Age Defying Moisture Cream, the Complete Renew and Recharge Elastin and Beta Carotene Mask and two  tubes of Repair and Restore Facial Peeling Gel.

Product Description

Our ingredients are specially formulated to work into your cells at the base of your skin, seven layers deep, rather than sit on the surface like most lotions that wash away or rub off.

Restore your skin’s natural PH balance for ideal health while protecting from pathogens, toxins and the elements. Get youthful, vibrant skin naturally.

My Thoughts

I've got oily skin and although I love trying out new products, I am especially careful not to use products that will add more shine to my skin. I love that the products from Era Organics are suitable for all skin types.

Era Organics Age Defense Moisture Cream

It has a nice, creamy consistency and it's easy to apply on the skin. It has a very faint floral scent that goes away once on your skin. A few strokes and you can feel that the cream is absorbed quickly. My skin feels soft and smooth after application and it looked plump even after waking up.

Era Organics Age Defense Facial Serum

Sun exposure, dust and lack of sleep make my skin look dull and tired. This facial serum refreshes and transforms skin to make it look healthy and young looking. It also has a very nice texture and has a very nice scent. It's easy to apply and also absorbed quickly. Although it's too early to speak about its anti aging abilities, I love that my skin looks plump and healthy after applying.

Era Organics Elastin and Beta Carotene Mask

They say the secret to beautiful and youthful skin is by exfoliating once in a while that is why I love facial masks. It has a soft and creamy texture. I applied a thick layer onto my face and neck and let it sit for 30 minutes. My skin was noticeably soft and tight after rinsing, so I guess it's working.

Era Organics Firm and Lift Eye Serum

This one has a gel like consistency and like the other products in the starter kit, it is easy to apply. I was pleasantly surprised with the immediate results. The skin around my eyes felt incredibly soft and it feels tight. I just love this eye serum.

Era Organics Firm and Lift Eye Cream

The consistency of the cream is rather thick, but surprisingly, it is not heavy. This will work great under makeup. It has a soothing effect and it relaxes the eyes instantly. This is to be used once daily and after a week of using it, my dark circles have lightened a bit.

Era Organics Repair and Restore Peeling Gel

There are two tubes in the kit and these are to be used 2 to 3 times a week. I haven't tried it, yet because I was too excited to try the other products. But tonight, I am planning to start using them.

Overall, these products work great at hydrating and rejuvenating the skin. If you are looking for products to combat the signs of aging and repair damage, these are worth giving a try.

Where to buy?

You can order your Era Organics Starter Kit here.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me by Era Organics for evaluation purposes. No monetary compensation was received to write the review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Helping Others Through Poverty

When you think about the number of people in the United States, you might not think about the number of people who are living in poverty. These might be people who have jobs but don't make enough money to support their family or have lost a job and are unable to find something else. There are people who are disabled and unable to work. Those who live in poverty struggle to pay their bills. They often find it hard to pay rent or a mortgage, keep the electricity turned on or put food on the table. When looking at Sukanto Tanoto's site and others that focus on philanthropy, you can see that there are several ways to help those who are living from one check to another.

One of the ways to help those who are living in poverty is to help with shelter. This can be done in various ways. Shelters can be opened to give people a place to stay if they aren't able to pay for rent for a home of their own. Some cities are building small homes so that those who are homeless have somewhere to stay. These homes are often made from sheds, but they have water and electricity. This is a small area, usually only large enough for one person, but it's a way for those who don't have a roof over their head to have a place to stay.

Another way to help is by providing food. There are soup kitchens that are usually set up in most cities that serve meals at least once a day. Some of these kitchens will serve meals three times a day, but most of them are only open for lunch and supper. There are food pantries in churches and community centers that have food boxes to give to people. The amount of food depends on the number of people in the family. You can help by donating food to the pantry or growing food in a garden to donate to those in need. You can also hold a food drive or suggest a food drive to a school or church.

After people have the food and shelter they need, they start looking for ways to clothe their bodies. Some people have the bare minimum. They might not have clothing to wear when it's cold that will keep them warm. Children sometimes go to school without coats to keep them warm in the winter or hats and gloves. Some organizations have clothing drives with the items collected going to local schools and shelters. One of the things that you can do is clean out your closet and donate the items that you or your children can no longer wear or that you aren't interested in wearing anymore. Someone who doesn't have much or doesn't have the extra money to get clothing will appreciate anything that they can get whether it's new or used. This also goes for holidays as you can donate toys and stuffed animals to those in need.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

24K Gold Vitamin C Serum and Foundation Primer by Xanadu Review

Gold has been used to beautify the skin, since the ancient times. Nowadays, using it for various skin care treatments and using it as an ingredient in beauty products has become more popular. I've never tried using a beauty product that's been infused with gold. Not that I don't like, but most gold-infused products I see in the market are very expensive. So you can just imagine my excitement when I found out I am going to review the 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum and Foundation Primer by Xanadu.

Product Description

From Nature
* 24K Gold.
* Vitamin C - pH balanced and highly absorbable. Brightens skin, combats wrinkles and dark spots.
* Vitamin E moisturizes and heals.
* Rose Extract soothes the skin and gives the Xanadu serum a delightful natural scent.
* P-anisic from the spice anise.

Supporting what's already in your skin
* Hyaluronic Acid captures and holds up to 1000 times its volume in moisture to your skin.
* Collagen to support your skin's own collagen.
* Creatine supplies energy to your cells.
* Beta-Glucan boosts the immune system.

From High Tech science
* Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (Matrixyl-3000) is a peptide that specifically stimulates collagen synthesis and skin repair.
* Epidermal Growth Factor stimulates new cell growth.

Apply twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, on freshly cleansed skin. Avoid eyes and mouth. For speedy application, pump the bottle top twice into the palm of one hand, rub palms together, then apply to face. For luxurious application, place one pump on each cheek (where your dimples would be) and smooth onto face with your fingertips in a circular upward motion. WARNING: The second method may leave tiny flecks of gold intact on your face for your friends to envy!

My Thoughts

The serum has a nice, mild floral scent, but that goes away fast as soon as you've worked it on your skin. It has a slightly thicker consistency than most serums that I have tried.

It is not sticky, though, and it spreads easily. The gold flecks don't show unless you look very close. That is a good thing because I don't want my face glimmering when I step out of the house. It doesn't even show in the picture, but if you look very closely in the mirror, you will see them.

It deeply moisturizes and my skin feels soft and smooth to the touch.

It's been almost two weeks and I'm starting to seem some improvements. My dark spots are slightly brighter, my pores appear tighter and the fine lines under my eyes have softened. People around me are also commenting that my skin looks radiant.

Overall, I like the serum. It is gentle on the skin and it deeply moisturizes. If you are wanting to combat the signs of aging, you might want to try this nice, affordable gold-infused serum.

Where to buy?

The 24K Gold Vitamin C Serum and Foundation Primer can be purchased through the Xanadu website and on Amazon. A 30 ml jar retails at $59.00.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

If you're in Debt, Follow these Steps

If you're in debt, and many are these days, digging yourself out probably seems impossible. As a matter of fact, most American's that find themselves in this position don't think they'll ever be able to pay off what they owe. The good news is that this usually isn't the case and the following tips we found on a Discountrue – a coupons service, will teach you how to get out of debt and never go back again.

Stay Organized and Know Who and What You Owe

You need to purposefully organize your life to be successful at getting out of debt and stay that way. You need to come up with a plan to pay off your debt and manage your money and you need to put it in writing; think of it as a financial journal.

Financial organization starts with tracking the income and outflow of your money. Once you have a handle on how much you earn, spend and owe, you can establish a budget to help you manage your finances. Now, for an attitude adjustment; don't think of following a budget as a bad thing. Sticking to a budget will provide you with a huge sense of relief. It's great to know that you actually have enough money to pay for your groceries or other purchases at checkout.

Create a Cash Flow Calendar

Once you know your total debt, come up with a cash flow calendar and keep track of how much money is going in and out of your bank accounts and when. For some reason, people avoid doing this, probably because living in denial seems easier. The important thing to keep in mind is how great it's going to feel once you get out of debt.

Spend Cash Not Credit

Studies have shown that when people use gift certificates and credit cards when shopping, they are far more likely to make impulse buys on luxury items, mainly because they feel like they're using free money. If this describes you, cut up your credit cards now. People who spend cash instead of using credit generally save 20% over their credit card spending. Even more impressive, cash spenders usually don't feel deprived either because using cash results in a heightened sense of "financial" awareness. Suddenly something clicks and makes you feel better about not buying an impulse item you didn't really need.

Reduce Your Rates

Contact your lenders and request that they cut your interest rates and a great way to do this is to request a balance transfer. A lot of credit card companies today offer special promotions of 0% interest for a year or more if you'll transfer your credit card debt from an old card, usually only requiring a small fee. You can save a substantial amount of money by reducing your rates this way.

If You Need Help, Ask for It

If you find that you can't afford to keep up with the payments you owe or taking on additional debt, you more than likely need the professional help of a credit counselor. Credit counseling is particularly helpful if you're struggling with medical or student loan debt. Look for a nonprofit credit counselor through the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling or the National Foundation of Credit Counseling agencies. In most cases, financial counseling is free, although some agencies charge an enrollment fee for debt management plans which can consolidate debt into one payment with a more realistic interest rate,

You don't need to feel hopeless about your situation because you can eventually get out of debt if you're determined to do what it takes, including these and other strategies listed on Discountrue and other savings websites.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

7 Design Trends for 2015

Trying to get out of a decor rut? Try out these design trends this year.

1. Reach for blue hues. Bold shades of blue seem to be having a moment. Rich and royal, the color is ideal for one main wall in a large room. Or, select certain items to order in blue and leave the rest of the room neutral. If you don’t end up loving the blue touches, you won’t be stuck with an enormous painted wall.

2. Paint the ceiling a new color. When people update their interior design, they usually forget to look up. A lot can be done on the upper part of the walls and the ceiling. Your kids will love seeing their cool ceiling from their loft bunk beds!

3. If you want to stick with a neutral theme but nothing is quite the right hue, consider “greige,” which is gray-beige. Sticking with a neutral also makes bold border colors pop, which is great if you’re just dabbling in color.

4. Add wooden elements to your decor. Wood doesn’t have to look rustic anymore. This year, it’s getting a chic upgrade, and it’s fancy enough for even a formal dining room. For a super modern look, find wooden furniture with a noticeable grain.

5. If you love rustic decor but don’t want anything that’s too worn down, look for wooden furniture in red-brown tones, as well as pieces with copper finishings. These have rustic undertones without looking too shabby.

6. Splurge on a rug from Turkey or Morocco, two countries that are known for quality, beautiful textiles. Look online for great deals. Ideally, if you know someone who’s planning a trip, ask them to come back with one for you! You’ll save a bundle on shipping costs.

7. Don’t have enough room on the floor for that rug, but don’t want to get rid of it? Hang it on the wall! Rugs make fantastic tapestries and can truly change the look of a room.

Want to give a new trend a shot? Try it out in your living room, which is usually more open, space-wise, and used less often than other rooms.

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