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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.


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.

Darn.

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 – The Clarisonic Mia!


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.

iPhone 4 Review with Video

I purchased the iPhone 4 (16 GB) as a gift to myself about a month ago. So far, I am very impressed. I would love to be able to fill this review with useful, technical information. Unfortunately, I am not that knowledgeable. What I can say is:

1. The call quality – so far – is excellent. I have not experienced any dropped calls. I can hear my callers clearly and my callers hear me clearly. That, to me, is the most important feature of any phone.

2. Accessing the web is 100% better with the iPhone than with my previous “dumb phone”. The Retina display is so much more pleasing to the eye. Navigation is simple, thanks to the touch screen.

3. Videos are recorded in high definition which allows for a sharp quality. Here is a quick video I shot while walking back to my office today after lunch. Disclaimer – I am hardly Steven Spielberg. Who am I kidding, my videographer skills are worse than most ten year olds This clip is not meant to win awards – and it won’t.

Along the same vein, the iPhone 4 is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera. Pictures are beautiful with amazing detail.

4. The iPhone 4 includes the iPod app, so you can listen to your favorite tunes while on the go.

There are tons of other features, like Face Time (which I am hoping to test out soon) and the ability to multitask, but the four listed above are the focus of this review. Bottom line, do you need an iPhone? Of course not. There are comparable phones with an easier to swallow price tag. The iPhone is a gadget one buys because one wants it. If you are deciding whether or not to splurge, go ahead and splurge. You won’t regret it.