Sunday, December 28, 2014

Anonymity

I changed the comment settings for those who wish to comment but do not have a registered account with LiveJournal, or Google. Please do not spam. No one likes a spammer.
Happy Holidays. 

- Anon-A-Beau -

Monday, December 22, 2014

Secret Lavender

I received a free sample of Secret Ooh-La-La Lavender Clear Gel Deodorant from BzzAgent and I must say, it smells wonderful!

I'm not a lavender fan, so when I saw the scent I will admit I cringed in disappointment at first, but when I opened it, wow, it is the best smelling lavender out there, and bonus, it did not irritate my skin.
I normally don't wear gel deodorants, call me old fashioned, but I like the solid bar where I know it's fast, and not sticky nor wet after applied. Though it took a while for the gel to actually come out (10 clicks?) it wasn't that bad, cold, but not bad, and it dried faster than expected without leaving my shirt wet.
I wore the deodorant for 8 hours, and the whole time I—Smelt—Wonderful. Why must I say such an obvious thing? Because I had a previous experience with the Va-Va Vanilla scent of this deodorant, and though it smelt good before, it made me smell HORRIBLE after, and EVEN WORSE the next day.
Now back to the Lavender!
The Bad:
It's a antiperspirant so naturally you would assume it would stop you from sweating yes? Well,  no.
I do not need clinical protection deodorant as I sweat a normal average amount. And I did no hard workouts of the sort; in fact I was on my tush for the day because I broke my toe and am on crutches. So the only times I "got active" was when I needed the bathroom or food. So I was extremely disappointed when I still sweat! I did not want to come face to face with wetness where my crutch and underarm met, but I did.
I should mention I had been wearing the deodorant for only 2 hours by this point, so I would not tempt fate with "48 hours".

The strange: 
6 or 7 hours later, I no longer sweat wet. Maybe the deodorant finally kicked in after many hours, or maybe my body wasn't in the sweating mood at the moment, honestly who knows. But if it does take a deodorant over 6 hours to work, it's not a very good antiperspirant. 

Conclusion:
If I'm out and about, I would not trust this deodorant to keep my sweat free and protect me from embarrassing small wet spots. But if I'm around the house, sure thing. It smells great, that much I can say, and it doesn't quit smelling good. Which is a rare quality of any deodorant. 
Now if Secret could just combine the two and truly make it an antiperspirant, then wowzers this would be my perfect match, no, soul mate deo forever.

Pros- Smells good, Quick Dry
Cons- Doesn't stop sweating

Grade- B-

*I have received this product free from BzzAgent

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Touch U game




 For all who are bored try out the Touch U Touch Me game if you like online games or games sorta similar to DDR (in a way.) And despite the name of the game it is no way dirty.
Be warned like 85% of people on there don't speak english, and 99% of songs are KPOP.
The game is for everyone children - adult.

It's free to play and if you decide you want some flashy clothes you can use the BRC you've collected from the game (from log in gifts etc), to buy BRC clothes (go to "SHOP" click "HOT" then "BRC" button at the top to view them. It's the first 40? pages) 
-OR -
You can do a quick "top-up" by going to the main website (careful you have to choose the correct game -Touch- and the correct server your character is playing on; for example -Fantasy Sky-).

Where to play:

You can play with the add-on for facebook (log in to your facebook first): Touch U fb app

or play on their website in (you need the plugin): http://t.4games.com/en/

or download the game client on the website (warning it's in a different language but it's simple to install).

Game Play:

After creating a character you can finally play. You will start in the Beginner section of the Game Lobby and once you level up enough you can go into "Free lobby" or "Normal lobby". Don't worry you will be given the basic tutorial before starting so you know what to do.

Thanks to Youtube (seriously what would we do without it, google and wiki?) you can see a person playing at beginner level alone with backup dancers:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXTXLRubhpo


In this Youtube video you can see people playing the "Bubble" mode where the arrows turn into little bubble drops after you press the keys, and then at the end press the space bar when the 2 shadow figures meet in your center:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM6JGXWy_0c


There will be 1  2  3  4  5  6 (however many players) come up when you first start a game, your first thought, "what is this for?" From what I can tell, you can vote for your favourite person (fashion wise).

If you lag in a game particularly from a background, press the "Hide Scene" button and it will change the background to pitch black (it's a tad creepy), but if you lag from a person's avatar, well, you're doomed. You will either have to change rooms, or put up with it.

If you make a friend you can Mail them with the little envelope button, or Private Message them. 


You can couple someone or marry them (though to marry you need a ring which requires $).
I find it a bit odd, but you can even make a tiny virtual baby that you can feed and hug, etc. Though I probably wouldn't try to make one on there myself, I do think it's a neat idea.
More baby info on site: Baby system

Rewards:

You get gifts when you log in each day. They vary, but there is a tiny chest icon (when you hover it says "Rewards" underneath) where you get a little something something if you're on for a certain amount of time.
On the Weekends there is a "Lucky Ferris Wheel" where you get 5 spins to try and win one of the prizes. 

There are Missions you can do to try and get the reward for completion (go to "Mission" and search which you want -up to 5- and click "Accept".) You must click accept or else it will not count. The mission icon is the notebook with a music note on it.
Mission info

To see what you have click "Bag" (the bag icon with a "B") and you can choose from what you have to switch up your wardrobe or use your Rewards (ie: EXP).
The more EXP you get the faster you will level up. 
More Store Info

If you click the "Activity" icon on the far right, you can see any special activities going on and try to claim a reward or if you have a gift card code you use it there.


There are a few other things I'm sure you will pick up once there (you can use the yellow stars you've collected to spin and win, like the Ferris Wheel thing). You can also use the blue stars towards the next locked star in Zodiac to unlock it and get the gift (the first 3 are usually EXP or something, then it's Shoes, then the next 4 or so are EXP/etc again and then Pants, and so on until the very end when you get a little thing that floats above your shoulder).
 Zodiac info


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Lastly Have Fun! Nothing helps stress than a fun distraction. Relax have fun for a bit then go back to everyday life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Silkn Flash&Go

I purchased the Silk'n Flash & Go. It's an at home hair removal system that's supposed to be just as good as professional hair removal devices but it is not a laser, it pulses light into the root of your hair. You can read more about it on their website www.silkn.com
If you have fair skin and dark hair this is for you, if not look at the site to make sure it's compatible for you as you cannot use this machine with dark skin or it will burn you! It targets dark hair so that means do not place it over tattoos or dark freckles!
If you need to mark your skin with a grid so you know where you already used the machine, then use a WHITE eye liner do not use anything dark!
If you go in the sun wear sunblock as your skin will hold all the melanin and using the device after could burn you (in fact it says wait 5 weeks if you've been in the sun).

When I started I couldn't afford the lifetime cartridge yet so I only did my underarms before getting the cartridge to do the rest of me. Sorry no pictures for that part but I will still say if it went well after a certain amount of time.
Remember it takes time for it to work. I only shaved on the day to do the treatment in hopes it would give better results. I know it may be a bother not shaving when your used to (believe me it was annoying and I forgot how beautifully soft my arms and legs could be when they were hairless) but if it gives you a better chance of the device working its results, I'm sure (like me) you will put up with the awkward phases. But if you don't do this, all is good I'm sure it will still work the same.
I forgot to take some pics here and there but when I do remember I make sure to take one. So the only "before" treatment pictures you get are of my left leg ( had 4 mosquito bites so couldn't do that leg yet).

I should note I tried waxing like half a year ago, and had some "bald spot" that barely grew in, so just putting that out there so if it looks like it's working right away in the below knee pics, it's just because of past waxing.
So far it hasn't really worked for me (bummer since that's a waste of money) but I will continue updating to see if that ever changes (I really hope so.)
I am on Treatment 8 of my underarms and I STILL have not gotten even 30% less hair growth, hence why I'm also bummed out since I desperately want this expensive device to work.

Also you may have glitches with your device like me, sometimes you have to shove the cord right in the device and twist it or hold it in because the light will turn off so you can't click the button, if it does this contact them and ask for a new one before your 60days is up. I wasn't able to because I didn't notice it was a continual problem.

Treatments:


*Note the treatment pics aren't taken right after the treatment but right before I shave for the next.
**Unless stated otherwise these are all in the 2nd blinking light setting since I can't handle the last higher one.

Treatments 1-4 is 2 weeks apart
Treatments 5-7 are 4 weeks apart
Treatments 8+ whenever needed

Left Leg:

Left Leg Before Treatment 1
Left Leg Before Treatment 3
Left Leg Before Treatment 3 -above knee-









Arms:


Before Treatment 2
Before Treatment 3
Before Treatment 4
Before Treatment 5

Right Leg

Before Treatment 2


Before Treatment 3 -above knee-


Before Treatment 3 -below knee-



















Before Treatment 4 -above knee-
Before Treatment 4 -below knee-
Before Treatment 5 -above knee-
Before Treatment 5 -below knee-




So is the Silk'n Flash&Go working? Honestly I have no idea. I sure hope so though, I'm not made of money trees. Speaking of, this is the price I payed (at the time with a 15% off code) for just the Silk'n machine. Total: $214.71
Watch out for tax it's always a pain. For me it was $21.99

Good-luck and I hope if you get the Flash&Go it works out for you, if not make sure to return it BEFORE the time runs out for the 60 day money back return policy at Silk'n.
Know that their customer service is not good, however if you want that 60 day guarantee you may have to put up with it if you don't want lose your money if it doesn't work for you.

I recently tried to ask Silk'n a few simple questions about results, etc, it was a paragraph long, and what did they respond with? 2 sentences, with one that made me feel like a moron (I doubt it was intentional) saying to shave first. Of course I know to shave first.
If you are wondering how long it takes for results to show, here was the response:
Typically users would see results around the 3rd or 4th treatment, and the first thing you'd notice is that the hair is growing back slower and thinner. 

Please make sure you are shaving before treatments, otherwise they will be rendered ineffective. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Pantene Ultimate 10

BzzAgent.com has graced me with a free product yet again (once a year lol).
I got a Pantene Ultimate 10 package (shampoo, conditioner, BB creme) and as happy as I am that I even got it, I was disappointed with the performance (bummer since I love P&G products and Pantene is usually better than this).

Before Using Pantene
After Using Pantene

I brushed my hair so it was tangle free before using the products (I didn't know they came yet, so I couldn't test out detangling, which may be a good thing as my hair probably would've been worse). So I brushed my hair and it was nice and tangle free, which is how I knew the shampoo & conditioner did something unnerving. I read a review before that this happened to someone else but I dismissed it.
Hair loss.
Yes this has only happened to me one other time, when I used that Clear shampoo & conditioner when it first came out. So I was quite irked when it happened with Pantene (it has never, ever done this to me before, in fact other than the Clear products, and the Aussie shampoo, I have never had something do this to me).
After using the shampoo & conditioner I lost about a handful of hair in the shower, which I tried to dismiss.
Then after brushing my hair, I lost ANOTHER handful. So that's when I knew I will not be giving this product a 2nd chance.


Shampoo:
The shampoo was very foamy and didn't feel like it was helping smooth my hair. There's not much to say about it other than it dried my hair out a bit.

Conditioner:
Let's go down the list Pantene claims its products can do:

1. Repair rough hair - My hair wasn't rough before, but this caused it to become rough and dry so, No?
2. Strength against damage - I don't think I would know that. But I do know it caused damage (hair loss)
3. Silky Softness - No silky softness, believe I know silky softness (my current conditioner does it right)
4. Brilliant Shine - No brilliant shine here
5. Smoothing - No it felt rough and dried out, it only got better after brushing it out.
6. Moisture - It felt like it sucked all the moisture out of my hair, it did not add to it.
7. Frizz Control - I...am not sure. It was more tame after I brushed it out.
8. Tamed Fly-Aways - Still had fly-aways, probably because it was drying.
9. Manageability - It was a spiral of dry hair, so I suppose so?
10. Detangling - I brushed my hair before washing so I do not know if it is detangling, though I highly doubt it

BB Creme:
In all honesty, I have no idea if this did anything. But it did help make my hair a bit softer after the not so successful shampoo&conditioner, and have a bit of shine to it. It did not tame the fly-aways on the top of my head. I do think this was the most successful product of them all however.

This is a picture of after I used the BB creme 

For me Pantene Ultimate 10 is a throw away. The shampoo & conditioner is a D, and the BB creme is a B-
Remember this is just my experience, these products could be a great fit for your hair.

*I received these products free from BzzAgent


RumbleRoller Beastie X

I read that it`s best to use a foam roller before/after working out, so I decided to get me one.
Turns out they are very expensive and I was more worried about my back than any other part, so I decided to get a tiny RumbleRoller Beastie that can get into all the nooks and crannies a long foam roller can`t (shoulder blades, etc).
It is meant to feel like someone pushing their thumb in a knot and rocking it out.
I`ve been using it every day on my back and feet, and I think it works. My back still gets sore (unavoidable) but it has felt better since using this little Beastie.

There are 2 kinds the clear (original) that is suppose to be gentler (appropriate for legs&arms), and then the green (Xtra firm) that is...much firmer.

I got the Green Beasite X and I will say right now, if you intend to use it for your legs, get something else or you will end up with rows of bruises up and down your legs (I kid you not), but if you just use it for your back, shoulders, and feet, then all is well (as there is less pressure when you push your back against the wall so this is helpful and won`t bruise your back).


This will set you back $35 or more dollars, but it is worth it if you need something to help get the knots out of your back.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Probiotics

Where to buy:
I bought my probiotics from iHerb the price was good (before shipping) and it was delivered very fast, (a few days). They have much more than supplements so feel free to browse, it's easier to buy from them if you are like me without health stores (it'd be cheaper to buy it online than a store anyways).
If you're a first time customer you can use a discount code (won't post since it always changes, just look it up or ask in Live chat) but you will not be able to use it again for future purchases (found that out after and was bummed).
If you want your product really fast (3 days?) then you pick the first option for DHL shipping (cost me $8)
If you can live without it for a bit then choose the second option for International Airmail. It's cheaper (cost me $4). this option took 3 weeks for delivery, so like I said if you can wait and want to save cash, then there you go. But do know that there is no tracking option for International Airmail, so you won't know where it is.

They also are very easy to contact; there's a live chat option which I find the fastest and easiest way to communicate. If you decide to choose a different online store to purchase a supplement from, make sure they have the expiration date listed on their site, it's a good sign so you know they aren't close to being useless.

You also get little gifts in your package. I got a tiny pen with "iHerb" on it, the 3rd time a magnetic bookmark with "iHerb" on it (was useful since I needed a bookmark, I like it), and the 4th time a measuring tape (to measure yourself) with "iHerb" on it. 

What I chose:
I did my research, and I was stuck between two probiotics. In the end I went with Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls. The reason I chose them (besides all the requirements I was searching for) is because of size. They are so tiny even someone like me with a tiny esophagus can swallow them without gagging. 


Enzymatic Therapy Pears are supposed to help with gas, bloating, constipation and symptoms of Lactose intolerance. Their unique coating makes sure the good bacteria arrives alive past your stomach acid.

There are a few to choose from: Acidophilus Pearls, Pearls IC, Pearls YB, Pearls Elite, Pearls Immune.
Go to the site (linked below) to read the descriptions to find your perfect match. Always check with your doctor to make sure nothing interacts with your medication. 

If you want to try the Pearls, make sure to go to the site and look at the short list of ingredients (if you're allergic to soy, or milk don't take it).

Enzymatic Therapy sent me all their 2014 quality statement so feel free to check it out for yourself, because of it's length it will be at the very bottom of this post.

You don't have to refrigerate the Pearls so if you travel you can be at peace knowing the organisms will still be alive and kicking. 

Bask in the beauty of effective simplicity in size:

Pearls size vs other probiotic pills.



Your Search:

When you browse for the best probiotic here are a few things you may want to avoid.

Magnesium Stearate- Now this is debatable, so it's up to you. Know that "vegetable" Magnesium Stearate is just a ruse, it's the same thing.

Maltodextrin- It absorbs quickly and is higher than sugar, so it affects your blood sugar (bad if you're diabetic; heck even if you're not). So unless you're going to do a hard core workout every time you take a probiotic with this ingredient, I would get one without. And because it's higher and absorbed more rapidly than sugar, it feeds candida, making it grow and worsen.

Make sure to ask the company if they do metal checks, no one wants to worsen their health with a supplement loaded with high volumes of lead, and mercury.

Just because a product says it has more strains, doesn't mean it's better or beneficial. There are only a few strains that have been tested and known to be beneficial. Here are some listed below:
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus bulgaricus

My Results:


I'm not sure if they're doing anything health wise (not necessarily why I got them but added bonus either way) but I am testing them for my constipation. I do notice a difference when I have to chug prune juice, I no longer feel that pressure, gas, and bloating cramps from it if I take the Pearls before.

After I ran out I noticed it surely did do something (this is about to get a little TMI). My stools which were always a dark dark brown were now a very light brown and actually looked healthy! I was surprised because I haven't seen that for YEARS! Like middle school type years. 
Oddly enough I got myself sun flower seeds (already de-shelled) and they helped A.LOT (not very pleasantly I might add, but heck I will put up with it if it keeps working). I have been regular for 2 weeks since being off probiotics, so again they obviously did help because not even a bag full of sun flower seeds could've saved me without it, and I no longer had to take even half a cup of prune juice to go #2. Which is MAJOR improvement. But now I got more I'm a tad worried they will make it less easy to go, but to be fair I didn't have enough time using them (company said it takes 4+ weeks for a suppliment to work) so...yeah I will definitely update now that I have a enough to last 2 & a half weeks. I'm considering taking them every other day so they work their magic but won't make it harder for what wants to come out.
Notes:
If you have to take antibiotics and don't want to take yogurt (that will NOT help you ward off yeast infections) probiotics is the way to go. Simple, fast, no need to force a spoon of yogurt down your gullet 2-3 times a day. Just make sure to space out when you take them, you don't want the probiotics to make your antibiotics ineffective so space it out like 3 hours apart from each other.

Remember that everyone's results are different, so just because my results of something might be good doesn't mean yours will be the same. 
For example, I was trying Activia Yogurt for constipation which did absolutely nothing for my constipation or regularity (but I would still use it since it helped prevent prune juice from passing right through me). However when other members of my family had Activia it would make them rush to the bathroom in a flash. So now I only eat Activia when I want to stop diarrhea (from too much prune juice).  

*UPDATED RESULTS (August 25, 2014) - It did not help my constipation, it seemed to make it worse, BUT this will be a perfect probiotic for those of you with IBS-D as it prevents thinks getting a bit "trickily" which is why it didn't help me. But I am not giving up on the brand yet (the size is too important for me) so I am trying the Pearls IC. I just started but I will post if it worked for me or not.




The 04,2014 Quality statement pages 1&2

             

Thursday, May 15, 2014

imPress Voxbox

Got my first influenster's voxbox. Yayness! 
What was in the box you ask? imPress press-on manicure nails. They're very nice nails, and seeing as I hate nail glue these are for sure going to get my stamp of approval.


The nails I got in the mail:



The instructions on the back:


Clean your natural nails off with the pad that comes inside the box before putting them on.Easy application (peel off film, press on.) Easy removal (peel off or use nail polish remover before peeling.)

These aren`t like those cheap halloween nails. They come in multiple designs, better packaging, and better quality. However the cons of the nails are after you`ve warn them there aren`t any little strips of glue you can press onto the nail again. So it`s a 1 time nail which I find a tad wasteful.


Make sure you trim your nails if they are too long. You don`t want your real nails peeking out above your imPress ones.

Picking out which nails would fit is a bit time consuming. It recommends you do thumb nails last, but I say do both thumb and index fingers last so it`s easier for you to peel off the little sheets on the nails. 

There are 24 in one pack, enough to pick sizes and wear 2 weeks straight if you wish to do so.

Small dilemmas:  
Scratching. It got awkward when I needed to scratch my head, nose or ear. Suddenly I was very aware of how much I needed to scratch. 
Opening cans. I had to use a paper clip to open a pop can because there is no way my fake nails would withstand me trying to use them to hoist up a pop tab.
Brushing Hair: Every time I tried to brush my hair strands would get caught in the nails near the cuticles and tug. It even took a bit of hair with it and yanked it off, ow.
Leftovers: Bits of food would get stuck inbetween the fake nail and my real nail making it hard to get out without the help of a toothpick.

In the end, I don`t think they will last a week unless you never: wash your hands, brush your hair, have pets, itch, house choirs (laundry, dishes, etc), or bath. So ya... depending on how you treat them they should definitely last you 3 days. 

For me my nails lasted to the morning of the 4th day. By the end of the 3rd day they were flimsy and would push into my cuticles which was not pleasant but I hung in there till the next day. I let my nails soak in the bath before taking them off. They were pretty easy because they were already coming off, however if yours are not and you want them off do not pull them off (you'd hurt yourself) try dipping your fingers in nail polish remover so it lifts off more easily and pain free.

Once I removed them I missed them already. They were nice, stylish and easy. But \unless you're traveling or have a bunch of plans for the week I don't think it's worth spending the money for 1 package that would only last you a week. If they put little pre-made glue strips in the pack so you could stick them on the nail to reuse them then it would definitely be worth it.
If you happen to be one of those manicure happy spenders who always go to a salon, then this would save you money.

 I give them a B. I like them, they have the same annoying qualities of other fake nails, but they're instant and you won't have possible fungus growing after they're off like nail glue ones that stay on for a month or so. Just make sure to get the bits of stuck food out of the crack between your real and fake nail. They also keep their top quality design, unlike nail polish which smudges or begins to chip off the very next day.


*I received all products complimentary from influensters. 





Thursday, May 8, 2014

Coconut Oil

Yes the almighty coconut oil. I have taken to the trend and tried it myself (I have eczema so anything that isn't a cream is bliss.)
First you will want to look for ORGANIC VIRGIN Coconut Oil. It's pure so your skin/insides will get the health and healing benefits.

Know that everyone has different reactions to products so just because these were my experiences, doesn't mean they will be yours. 
Also always test something new to you before going all in. I'd hate to see someone gulp down some coconut oil and find out -woopsie- they are allergic. So do a small patch test on yourself, if that's good then take a tiny tiny bit in your mouth if the next day all is still good then up it only a bit to make sure you are in the clear. If it's still good, then your good to go.

I have only tried one brand (Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil) but there are many out there, find what is right for you (both in price and taste) just make sure it is Organic Virgin Coconut oil!

Storage:

You can have it in your cupboard or in your fridge. In the end it's up to you.

How to Eat it:

When it's cold the coconut oil is solid, like lard (sorry if that turned you off). When it's warm/hot it's melted like other bottled oils you've seen. 
How to eat it is up to you. If you like to eat it straight up, you can grab a teaspoon/tablespoon scoop some out of the jar and then eat it. If you want it to be oil you can put the spoon in the microwave for 15-30 seconds to melt it, or put some in a tiny cup and leave it in very hot water til it's melted.

If you are like me and absolutely hate the taste, you will have to get creative and mix the coconut oil with something. 
  • coffee lovers, put the amount you want in your coffee stir and drink.
  • melt coconut oil first, then put it in half a cup of chocolate milk, stir and down asap (or it will harden)
  • If your a smoothie guru, put it in your smoothie and sip away
  • bake it into a dish/desert. You can use it for frying instead of cooking spray, or mix into scrambled eggs
That's unfortunately all I can help with as I have not been successful with anything else. Do your own search, experiment and if those don't work and you can't find anything else, try as the benefits really are worth it, but if you can't the good news is it's great for so much more than eating.

Energy:

I read quite a few people take this for a energy boost, but for me it seemed to do the opposite. As soon as I take it, I get tired. So if this happens to you as well, I recommend you only take it like an hour before you want to go to bed so you can have a sound sleep.

Hair:

I have used it for my hair, and it works very well. My sculpt is moisturized and my hair gets super silky soft. I haven't used it consistently (only because I don't have the $$ to do so) but I would like to see if this truly does get rid of dandruff like others claim. 
What you do is rub it in your hands to melt a bit, then apply to your whole head of hair to the bottom. You can put on a cap and leave it or wrap it in a towel. Leave it on for whatever suits you, but if possible leave on for atleast 30 minutes; beneficial time is 1 hour. I don't recommend you leave it on for more than 3 hours as you can over nourish your sculpt making it do the opposite (fall out). So leave it in 30 mins-2 hours wrapped so the oil can seep in your sculpt. Many have said they leave it in over night, you can if you want; just remember my warning about over nourishing.
Once you're ready to wash grab your shampoo and wash the coconut oil, TWICE. You want to make sure you get the coconut oil out so shampooing twice is the best way. Then (optional) condition your hair and rinse and voila, great clean and silky hair. Do this once a week.

Eczema:

I have eczema on my hands (genetics), and mine looks like tiny little blisters when they pop up. It gets itchy and I wash my hands alot so my hands get super dry. It happens when the wind in winter dries out my hands even more, or in summer when it's uber hot and my hands sweat. But that's not all, I'm sure it's soap I use that contributes on many off moments. ANYWAYS. 
I have used it on my hands and I can say it does help alot, but you will want to make sure to put it on after every time you wash your hands. Coconut oil is great because it's natural so if you're eating something and have to use your hands (ie: chips) you won't taste some nasty chemical lotion by accident or leaving it behind in your bag of chips; it's natural. The only thing you have to worry about is getting it all over your keyboard, but it wipes off.
Coconut oil has helped my Eczema very well, but it can only do so much. Every once in a blue moon I still have to use my prescription cream when it pops up too fast at once (the cream thins skin, thus making eczema worse so having to barely use it is greatly appreciated). But yes, this is my holy grail for my eczema, for 90% of the time it helps prevent/reverse my eczema and that alone is why I kept it before trying anywhere else.

Face/Acne:

Not sure if it helps with acne. I know my face is VERY sensitive and I can use nothing without some sort of horrid reaction. I always have had these two deep pink spots on my cheeks (makes me look like I have permanent blush) and for the life of me could not get rid of it.
When I used coconut oil on my face, no negative reactions and the pink is barely there!! This made me so happy. Obviously I have to try out more natural ways for my face instead of harsh cleansers/moisturizers since clearly no matter how "sensitive skin approved" they claim them to be; they really aren't. As soon as I try some out for a bit I will post (since I need more than just coconut oil for moisturizing; I need a scrub and quick wash).  
Acne HAS been good, still there here and there but I've never really had that much to begin with, but I do have it. I'm sure if I wasn't too lazy to moisturize my face more I would get more of the benefits and see better results, but as soon as I find a natural cleanse I have a feeling I will be more gung-ho about using coconut oil atleast twice a day instead of the one time before I sleep (just to be wiped off on my pillow).

*You should know that your acne could get/will get worse before it gets better because the coconut oil is going deep deep into your pores to bring out all the toxins. So as it's doing this the toxins rise to the surface and the deeper it gets the more horrible your pimples will look to you. You will probably think it's not working when this happens to you but it's normal and means its working, so if you try coconut oil I recommend you do it while you're mostly inside your house if you're worried about showing your face after it works. After it goes deep and does it's detoxing of your skin and whatever gunk built up under it for years and years, it will be clearer. However you know you, so if you think it isn't working for you, then stop using it, and remember to do a patch test before putting it all over your face so you know it's not an allergic reaction. If you want a higher possibility of it clearing your acne, you will want to take it for any internal problems (cleansing outside and inside will help with acne).

Coconut oil is also used to clean off your makeup. Warm it up in your hands and put it all over your face where your makeup is, wash off with warm water and then pat dry. 
Helps with dry lips as well.

Constipation:

I am not sure if it works for constipation yet, I'm still testing that theory out (it's really hard for me to get the coconut oil down as I cannot for the life of me get past the taste. I hate it.) 
If you are trying it for constipation make sure to go slowly with teaspoons first, then up to 1 tablespoon after your system is use to it (coconut oil cleanses you of toxins so if it's your first time trying coconut oil and you take 2 tablespoons before your ready, it will try to flush the toxins too fast and you may get diarrhea and have flu like symptoms -runny nose,etc- because it's detoxing. Don't be scared, just cut your intake back. Slow and steady).
Everyone is different, for me I tried 3 tablespoons once and still nothing (except for nausea from trying to take it straight on an empty stomach) but for you, it could be too much.

Other:

Coconut oil has SPF so you can glob it all over for extra protection (it doesn't have a lot of SPF so don't replace your sunscreen with this, it will just be extra helpful for lips, ears, nails, feet, sculpt, etc).

Lubricant. - If you need a little help with "insertion" coconut oil is a natural lubricant that can be used for the down stairs. 

Oil Pulling.- Put a tablespoons worth in your mouth and swish around for up to 20 minutes (it's ok if you can't make it that long). Swish it like you would with mouth wash, back and forth, in between teeth, do NOT gargle or swallow! It is pulling the toxins out of your mouth you don't want to swallow them. Doing oil pulling will also help whiten your teeth.

Massage oil - You can warm this up with your hands and use it to massage yourself or have someone else massage you (feet, back, whatever suits your fancy).

Psoriasis - I read besides eczema it also helps soothe psoriasis, but as I do not have psoriasis I cannot tell you if this is true.

End Note:

I have been using coconut oil for 4 months (more religiously for my hands and face) but I will still be trying to plug my nose and down it for the health benefits and possible helping hand for constipation. 
I read so much about how it helps weight loss, but again I have no idea yet if that's true since I can hardly consume the product and naturally would assume if I did lose weight it'd be because of my exercise not the oil.

**Did NOT work for my acne, but it did help with the redness. So do not use coconut oil if you want to be blemish free.**

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bouncy Bouncy

This year I got into the whole Rebounding thing. I thought it sounded great, especially since I seem to be super fragile (no kidding, I always get hurt/sick if I do/try a exercise). This is sort of my last hope for exercise so here's hoping it works. So far YES it does! I have NOT gotten sick, or had any injuries and that is a keeper in my book! It's also fun! Bouncing and bouncing, it's not boring. Ever notice the things we did as kids, seem to be the best things now? (ie Trampolines, and Skipping- yes skipping is also a very very good exercise no matter how silly it may seem).

Ladies - Wear a good sports bra when jumping.

Benefit:

Rebounders are designed to help give you a good workout with the least amount of jarring your joints. When you land, it's soft and off the ground so you won't be causing constant damage as you would if you were on the floor/outside running. You can use it with or without shoes, but if you want to have extra joint protection I suggest you wear good shoes (with any exercise you do, even with a game like Zumba.) 
Jumping on the Rebounder helps get your lymphatic system moving (very important since it needs you to move, before it can move). There are many benefits to using the Rebounder, if you listen to your body and don't over do it. 
I've read others have had someone jump on the trampoline while they've sat on it because of lack of motion/ injury and had good results; doesn't mean it will work for you too if you're seriously injured, just wanted to throw it out there. 
No boredom - You can watch tv or listen to music as you bounce away on your rebounder.

Rebounder:

I have the Urban Rebounder, so far so good. It's cheap(ish) and sturdy, I would recommend it if you're just starting out and have a tight budget. It comes with a stabilizing bar so if you're elderly or afraid/clumsy this is very helpful. It also folds so you can put it away if you don't have much room, but be very careful as it is difficult to fold and unfold, so if possible try to keep it unfolded. It also has extra legs so you can prop it on a angle and use the elevated dvd that comes with it (running off and on it). I got mine from Amazon not the main site. If you do however have a bigger wallet, do some research there are plenty of high praised rebounders out there.

Like every new thing, make sure you can use it (if you have any physical injuries or problems ask your doctor or physiotherapist if this is ok to use.) Do more research on it before you buy it. Once you buy it SLOWLY introduce yourself to it. You don't want to hurt any old injuries if you do too much too soon (and yes that is very easy to do, so start off with just a light bounce for a few minutes, no longer than 5mins for the first few times and slowly work yourself up, but don't try to do 20 minutes everyday that's just asking to hurt something). 
If you have a serious back injury, and your doctor/physiotherapist approved this for you, start off with the "health bounce", where you do not take your feet off the rebounder, you use your knees/heels of feet to push into the netting making yourself bounce (instead of jumping slightly in the air). After doing this for a couple weeks and it doesn't hurt your back, then slowly integrate to normal jumping; if normal jumping still hurts your back either cut back the amount of time your jumping or go back to the health bounce until your back can handle the normal jumping; never force it.

 I read somewhere that someone did rebounding for 20 minutes everyday for 3 weeks and lost their muffin top. I DO NOT recommend this if you are just starting out, and even then I don't think it's very wise as (again) you can overdo it and your body does need a break to recover. It is very important to takes breaks (don't listen to people/programs saying do exercise every single day for so and so minutes; if you do that your body won't be able to recover to get stronger and you will harm yourself).

I wish you luck if you get yourself a rebounder. As I wish myself luck with losing my little pouch of a belly.

My Progress:


I myself know I have to take it easy but I am desperately trying to see if I can lose weight (well inches to be exact). So I'm trying very hard not to go all procrastinate-y (I get lazy when it comes to physical exercise, even if I do love the rebounder.) So I have been doing the shortest video (so about 21minutes) for about 3-4 times a week. 

I will update with my results. So far week 1 has gone by successfully (ie I haven't stopped doing it after a day lol). Going onto week 2. I am using the dvd that came with my urban rebounder (compilation 1) but if you end up getting a different rebounder/not liking the dvd with it then you can always browse youtube. I've seen rebounding videos there. Remember if you see a move you know will hurt any injury of yours, avoid it and do something else (walk on the spot/light bounce) or try to tone it down.

Week 1- Success. 4x 20mins
Week 2- Success 3x 20mins
Week 3- *Took a few days off from exercising; Slept wrong so my neck got kinked and is still too sore to move.*
Week 4- Half success 2 1/2x 20mins (computer glitched half way through my workout so I had to stop) Not doing too well on the consistency thing but atleast you can see how much a lazy procrastinator may lose. I would be losing weight faster if I didn't drink so much pop, but I'm not giving that up. Also if I had normal BM's but I have chronic constipation.

My loss so far:  
Measurements before workout- 32.5inch (at the tip of belly button)  34inch (the gut below)
Measurements at this moment: 29inch (tip of belly b)  31inch (gut)

Week 5- Success 3x 20mins

Friday, May 2, 2014

BzzAgent

If you want a free product program that works, go with BzzAgent.I got a Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing shampoo and conditioner, souffle (mousse), and travel sizes for my first campaign. They smell awesome (white grapefruit and mint) the best thing is the smell actually STAYS in your hair after you're out of the shower! (You don't always get that lucky). So when I tried it I ended up constantly sneaking a sniff of my hair. 
I put it to the test and used it when my hair was a bit knotted/tangled and I can say it's a good detangler. My hair was very smooth and soft. It rinsed out easy with no residue/buildup afterwards.
Best of all it contains no dyes, no parabens, and the shampoo contains no silicone.
I myself love Herbal, so this was really nice to have to try FOR FREE (I love free). And because I love Herbal I thought it was really great that they took a step in the right direction and offered a more natural shampoo & conditioner; atleast they actually listen and try (I'm not saying it's 100% natural but it doesn't have to be, but if you want something you can confidently use without worry and have it for cheap, this is for sure for you, like it is for me.)

I never got to try the souffle yet, I honestly never tried mousse so i'm not quite sure what to do but I will for sure be using it soon (don't want to waste it so I'm saving it for special days only).

The new Herbal Essences Naked line is a definite keeper, and gets a A+ from me.



Friday, April 25, 2014

HELLO Blog world

So! New to the whole blog thing, not exactly sure how to do what/organize (I'm not very good with this sort of thing lol so forgive me in advance). But anyways! I am mostly just posting stuff for myself, like a "get it out of your system" type blog. I will randomly post junk that's bugging me (again like a rant to just get it all out) and then whatever else I may get (ie: possibly products i've received).
I will say, anything I possibly review/say in the future, is a "try at your discretion" so if you do try a product or whatever please don't blame me if it doesn't work/something goes wrong, you've been warned so do your own research before trying something/do a test to make sure you aren't allergic to anything.
I'm pretty positive this will be a ghost blog but if someone does stumble upon it, please don't be a troll. It's hurtful, and wasteful of both our times. Why bother spamming/abusing my blog you don't like when you could be using your time to go do something productive/enjoying something you DO like.
I'm not a big "socialite" so don't expect posts every single day (maybe at most, once a month?). 
I made a twitter too: Anona_Beau
Enjoy my random posts.

- Anon-A-Beau -