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New Juice Beauty Review – Hydrating Mist and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

I have been a Juice Beauty devotee since the beginning of the year after viewing author Karrine Steffans’s blog posts in which she sang its praises. Initially, I surfed the company’s website, thought the products were too pricey and put off ordering. This past January, I took the plunge and ordered the Blemish Clearing Cleanser, Blemish Clearing Serum and Oil-Free Moisturizer and fell in love. I became dedicated to Juice Beauty products, however, after going back to my previous skin care line (like I said, I found Juice Beauty rather pricey) and cringing as my skin reacted negatively to the change. I broke out in little patches all over my cheeks and chin. Mind you, my previous skin care product was for sensitive skin. When I switched from my previous skin care routine to Juice Beauty, I did not have the same reaction; only when I switched from Juice Beauty back to my “sensitive” skin product line. That’s when I knew the Juice Beauty product line is truly organic.

I recently added the Hydrating Mist and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer to my Juice Beauty collection and, like the Blemish Clearing Cleanser and Blemish Clearing Serum, these products are winners.

The Hydrating Mist is a light and refreshing toner that I spritz on after cleansing my skin with the Blemish Clearing Cleanser. Only a light mist is needed. I have read some reviews where there were complaints that the Hydrating Mist made one’s skin too sticky. I have not experienced that problem. After letting the Hydrating Mist air dry, I apply the Blemish Clearing Serum. I finish with the Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer.

This moisturizer is light and has a clean, lemony scent. It has softened and brightened my complexion. I have also noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture. The jar comes with a pump that releases just the right amount to apply. It is one the more expensive products on the company’s website, but it is well worth the money.

I highly recommend Juice Beauty’s Hydrating Mist and Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer if you are looking for an organic skin care line that produces noticeable results.

New Instant Favorites! Josie Maran Argan Oil and Hello Kitty Pink Sprinkles Nail Polish

I went to the Sephora website because I was in search of a nice, sheer pink nail polish to wear to an upcoming event. After viewing several options, I settled on Hello Kitty Pink Sprinkles. Now, I can never just go to this site and pick up one thing, so I also purchased a bottle of my favorite perfume.

Some time ago, I signed up to be Sephora Beauty Insider. Basically, it’s a customer loyalty program where you collect points with every purchase. If you obtain 100 points, you can select between three trial sized versions of popular, luxury products. To my pleasant surprise, one of the products was a 1/2 ounce bottle of Josie Maran Argan Oil. I had been wanting to try this product for a while based upon countless favorable reviews, so I quickly added it during checkout using my accumulated Beauty Insider points.

I just received my order today and am very happy with my selections. I love, love love the Hello Kitty Pink Sprinkles nail polish. It is a quality polish with just the right hint of pink and subtle glittery specks. It is also sheer enough to work with all skin tones. And the bottle is really cute, too.

I am equally impressed with the Josie Maran Argan Oil. I massaged a few drops around my cuticles. It didn’t take long for my skin to drink it in. Several hours later, the areas in which I applied the oil are still soft and smooth. I plan to massage the oil to my other dry areas – elbows and feet. If it performs as well in those places as it did for my hands, I know I will end up purchasing a full-size bottle.

I give both the Hello Kitty Pink Sprinkles nail polish and the Josie Maran Argan Oil enthusiastic thumbs up!

Juice Beauty Revisited!

I have been using Juice Beauty products – the Blemish Clearing Cleanser, Blemish Clearing Serum and the Oil-Free Moisturizer – since early January. My initial review of the product was good but questioned whether one needed to spend so much money on a brand with results comparable to other, less expensive brands. Prior to using Juice Beauty, I was (and still am) a fan of Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin and returned to this product after exhausting my bottle of Blemish Clearing Cleanser.

There was a difference within hours. A not so good difference. I

developed an outbreak of tiny bumps that extended from my chin to my left cheek. I realize that sometimes it takes a while for one’s skin to adjust to beauty routine changes. However, I never experienced an outbreak when I switched to Juice Beauty. Hmmm, that got me thinking. One, Juice Beauty make actually be the real deal, a truly organic cleansing system. As gentle as Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin is, it still shocked my skin. And two, sometimes you have to pay the price for the results you want. Not only had I noticed how clear Juice Beauty was making my complexion, but others had noticed as well.

So, looks like I’m headed to the Juice Beauty website to order another bottle of Blemish Clearing Cleanser. I still have a fair amount of the Blemish Clearing Serum and Oi Free Moisturizer. It is, for me, an expensive product, but it is well worth the money if you want clear skin.

A Month of Juice Beauty – Product Review

After hearing so many positive comments about Juice Beauty’s organic facial cleansers and moisturizers, I decided to give the Blemish Clearing Cleanser, Blemish Clearing Serum and Oil-Free Moisturizer a try. While I am impressed with the effectiveness of the products, I don’t think they are any more effective than many of the facial cleansers and moisturizers on the market.

Admittedly, I did not follow the directions to a T. That is, I only cleansed and moisturized my face the recommended twice daily for about a week. After that, I dropped it to just once a day because it is something about the scent that does not agree with me. This is an organic product and there is definitely an earthy scent. While not altogether unpleasant, it still seemed to stay with me for a while after I cleansed my face. I sometimes thought I could actually taste it, but that may have just been my imagination.

The Blemish Clearing Cleanser will get your face clean. Squeaky clean. I used it with my Clarisonic Mia and was amazed at how bright and healthy my skin appeared. Per the instructions, I followed the Blemish Clearing Cleanser with the Blemish Clearing Serum. The serum is dispensed through a dropper. I used four drops, rubbed in my palms and applied over my face and neck. I haven’t seen any change in my blemishes, though. Then again, I am not using it twice daily, as recommended. Lastly, I applied the the Oil-Free Moisturizer. The moisturizer is excellent; it dissolves into my skin leaving it very soft.

The only issue I have with Juice Beauty is the price. I ordered directly from the Juice Beauty website. The Blemish Clearing Cleanser is $22. The Blemish Clearing Serum is $29 and the Oil-Free Moisturizer is $28. I’ve seen facial products that cost a lot more than this, but, to me, it is still pricey. I guess I paid for the “organic-ness” of it all. Which begs the thought that one could pay a lot less and still receive the same results by choosing a less expensive product line. A plus is the product will last a while. This post’s picture shows just how much I have left even after a month’s use

Overall, I give Juice Beauty four out of five stars. It really will leave your face radiant and soft to the touch. Since I feel one should give facial products longer than one month’s use to realize the full results, I plan to continue using Juice Beauty until it runs out. I’ll post a follow-up review then.

As Seen On TV – The Swivel Store

I am an As Seen on TV junkie, but managed to steer clear of the Swivel Store – a trademark of Merchant Media LLC. I was intrigued with the concept of swiveling organizer, but didn’t take the plunge and buy it.

Until now.

The Swivel Store is described as a space-saving cabinet organizer. The TV commercials for the product stress its use as a spice rack, which appealed to me. I have a lot of spices and hate having to claw my way through to the spice I need. The fact that it only takes up four inches of space was an added bonus. So, while walking through a major retail chain’s As Seen On TV aisle I gave in and purchased the Swivel Store for a little under $20 before taxes.

I was very excited to use the organizer until I pulled it out of the box. While, the width is four inches, the height and depth is 11. The shelves in my cabinets are 9 inches apart.


I considered readjusting the shelving so the Swivel Store would fit, but thought that was too much work for a product claiming no assembly required. Note: There is no actual assembly required for the Swivel Store. I wondered how in the world I missed the dimensions. After a review of the packaging, I figured it out; the dimensions are not on the box. They are in the included instructions – number 2 under “To Install”. I also see the dimensions are on the product’s website. Normally, I check out the website. This time I didn’t, much to my regret.

But you can’t keep a good gal down.

Since it wouldn’t fit in my cabinet, I placed it on the top shelf of my pantry. The Swivel Store works as advertised. It is a functional and neat product. My spices are organized and available with a swing of the shelving instead of an extended search on my part. It would be handy to have the now-organized spices in the cabinet closest to my stove rather than in a pantry several feet. Although I feel the dimensions should definitely be on the packaging, I assume some responsibility for not doing proper research before purchasing.

All in all, I am pleased with the Swivel Store and recommend it. Just measure your shelf spacing first.

As Seen In Beauty Mags – Clarisonic Mia UPDATE!!

I know I wrote in my last post about the Clarisonic Mia in April 2011 that I would provide an update after 30 days of continuous use. I apologize for the delay, but I missed some days during that review period so I waited until I could provide an accurate and honest review. Now after over 60 days of use (not all continuous), I can truthfully state that this cleansing system is a winner.

I still use the sensitive brush head with Oil of Olay’s Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive skin. As finicky as my skin is, once I find a successful combination, I stick with it. As I mentioned previously, the Clarisonic Mia can be used everyday, however I have found, for me, that skipping a day between uses produces better results.

I have done a couple of price comparisons since I purchased the Mia and the cost is about the same, although Amazon is now offering the lavender version for a couple of bucks less than what I paid. Although I recommend this system, it is pricey so make sure you are willing to make the investment – anywhere from $121 – $150 depending upon the retailer. If you decide to take the plunge, I can attest that it will be money well spent. The difference in your skin’s texture and appearance is immediate. The Clarisonic Mia is an excellent product – five out of five stars!

Fun Games to Play on Your iPad 2 – Supermarket Mania 2

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I’ve come a little late into owning an iPad. I own so many Apple products, that I didn’t find it necessary to purchase yet another Apple device.

As usual, my resolve fizzled.

So, I’ve had my iPad 2 for approximately 2 weeks now and love it. I won’t post a review because there have already been enough reviews. Believe the hype, it’s pretty awesome.

Instead, I am going to write a review of a simple little game that I’ve quickly become obsessed with – Supermarket Mania 2. I know this game has been around for a while, but I’m not a gamer by any means. I’m a little slow on the uptake when it comes the latest and greatest (although I am quite interested in L.A. Noire).

I digress. I downloaded the free Supermarket Mania 2 app from Apple iTunes last Friday night. The premise is quite simple – you become Nikki, a sweet-natured supermarket manager. Your main goal is to keep the shelves stocked and your customers happy. There is a villain who tries to destroy your business by wreaking havoc inside and outside the supermarket. You also have to be mindful of thieves and mischievous children.

The free app allows you a few sample levels to complete with the opportunity to purchase the full version for $6.99. I downloaded the free app fully expecting to NOT purchase the download, however, after completing the sample levels, I found myself clicking the upgrade option.

I guess it is thrill of satisfying wave after wave of customers – from visiting celebrities to busy moms. It may be the challenge of achieving the monetary goal of each round. It may even be that I have little more to do with my time. Whatever it is, I am hooked.

My Google AdWords Experience

I have been enrolled in Google AdWords for the past month after finally using the free credits I was awarded when I began my website a year ago. I wasn’t expecting a dramatic upswing in my site’s page views (my subject matter – Christian views and reflections – isn’t what the masses are into. This site is truly a labor of love), but I have seen definite a spike. Oh, Yes She Did! has gone from absolute obscurity to relative obscurity.

OK, I kid (a little). Google AdWords has been beneficial to my site. Again, my website’s focus is not very popular among the “clickerati”, but there has been a noticeable increase in page views and comments since my enrollment. I can definitely recommend AdWords to businesses looking to increase revenue. People really do click on those ads on the sides of articles and on search results pages. Although I am not a businesswoman but just another opinionated and impassioned blogger, I may continue with the program even after my credits expire. Click here if you are interested in learning more.

As Seen in Beauty Mags – The Clarisonic Mia!

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For months, I had been reading rave reviews about the Clarisonic Mia, the travel sized version of the Clarisonic sonic brush facial cleansing system. I was in interested, but after researching its price range – $124 to $150 – I quickly lost interest. However, after further research, I discovered the Mia was developed by the same minds as the Sonicare toothbrush and was sold. I have owned the Sonicare toothbrush since last November and love how clean and healthy my teeth and gums are. If the toothbrush was a good investment, the Mia couldn’t be bad. Right?

Absolutely right! I purchased the lavender Clarisonic Mia from Amazon (it had the lowest price I could find) and have been cleaning my skin with it once daily for the past week. I am very pleased with the results. I have had a hate-hate relationship with my skin since my early teens. I had horrible acne and some scarring was still visible in my middle age. Since I have been using the Mia, the appearance of the scarring has diminished. Patches of dry skin that had begun to take residence above my brow line have disappeared. My skin feels smoother and is brighter. I can definitely see myself using the product every day.

Clarisonic offers three types of brush heads for the Mia. They are Normal, Sensitive and Delicate. My purchase shipped with the Sensitive brush head. It also came with a trial sized version of Clarisonic’s normal to oily skin cleanser, but I have not yet tried it. Instead, I use Oil of Olay’s Foaming Face Wash for sensitive skin.

Given the price of this system, I can’t recommend it for everyone. If you don’t have problem skin and just want the added cleansing benefits of a brush system, there are far less expensive products. The Oil of Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System comes to mind (approximately $30 retail). But, if you have prominent skin issues like acne and scarring, then this is a good investment and you will be very pleased with the results. I will post a follow-up review after I pass the 30 day test of this product.

Publish Your eBook with Amazon KDP

I just published my first eBook , Traveling The Narrow Path, a collection of my inspirational reflections and devotionals, via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing or KDP. The process was simple and, most importantly, free. There is no hassle of enrollment as you can sign in using your existing Amazon sign on. If you don’t have an Amazon sign on, then you can sign up for an Amazon account to gain access to Amazon KDP.

The publishing process is straightforward. Once signed in, Click “Add a New Title” from the Bookshelf page and you are brought to the Your Book tab. This tab contains the Book Basics page where – as the page name implies – you enter the basic information about your content, such as the title, edition number and description. You also enter the publishing details like the language (English and 10 other languages to choose from), publishing rights and browse and search tags so Amazon shoppers can locate your work. You also upload your book cover image and, of course, your book. Amazon KDP supports content saved in Word (.doc), Adobe PDF (.pdf), ePub (.epub), Plain Text (.txt) and MobiPocket (.mobi and .prc). For best results, Amazon KDP recommends uploading content in HTML. Click “Save and Continue” and you are directed to Rights & Pricing tab where you can set the pricing for your ebook (the minimum is $2.99) and your royalty amounts. Amazon offers 70%and 35% royalty options.

If all this is a bit overwhelming, the Amazon KDP Community page as numerous resources ranging from FAQs to video tutorials to aid you in converting, formatting and publishing your content.

When all fields are completed and your book is submitted, it goes into “In Review” then “Publishing” statuses. Allow up to 24 -48 hours for the eBook to be available for purchasing. The status changes to “Live” when the review and publishing is complete.

While I don’t think my freshman endeavor will catapult me to the ranks of this author, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome and will seriously consider publishing additional content in the future. If you have something to say and want a free platform from which to say it, then give Amazon KDP a shot. Who knows, you may have a bestseller on your hands!