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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.

SatisFaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couples by Karrine Steffans – A Review

SatisFaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couple is the latest offering from the Vixen series of tomes from author Karrine Steffans. Yes, that Karrine Steffans who is also known by another moniker that I refuse to perpetuate.

First, and most importantly, this book is not for the faint of heart. Don’t overlook the subtitle. This self-help book is most definitely geared for experienced couples looking to spice up their romantic routines. Divided into twelve chapters, Steffans gives readers a 1-2-3 punch: the fantasy, the reality and hypothetical scenarios.

Each chapter begins with the fantasy. The fantasies are highly charged erotic stories with none of the flowery prose found in most mass-market romance novels. Steffans calls a spade a spade and aggressively sets the tone for the entire chapter. If your sensibilities are easily offended, I would suggest skipping the fantasy section altogether. If they aren’t, then get ready for a pretty wild ride. You’ve been warned.

The reality section follows the fantasy. It is in this section that Steffans’s writing voice shines. At times as equally as charged as the fantasy, her conversational tone is reminiscent of a best friend lunch date, the kind of no-holds-barred approach to topics that usually only good friends discuss with one another. The reality section also has useful points to remember when incorporating the fantasy into one’s sex life.

The scenario sections are called Vixen Logs or V-Logs for short and are a further extension of the reality section. In these sections, the author paints a full picture of a couple as they make the decision to play out the fantasy, their feelings during the fantasy and the after effects. Per Steffans, these are cautionary tales of what can go horribly wrong if the fantasies are not completely thought through by the couple.

Many may question Steffans’s ability to offer relationship advice. While she may not have a PHD behind her name, she clearly shows that she has experience and a boatload of common sense to guide her. At their base, isn’t that what most self-help/advice books consist of? Experience coupled with common sense? I also like the fact that Steffans targets this book towards consenting, married couples. Couples who have been together a while and have built a trust level that is essential to successfully acting out these fantasies.

Given that this subject matter is a bit, well, advanced, I can’t recommend it to everyone. However, if you and your partner want to add a little va-va-voom to your relationship, this book is a good place to start. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.