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Product Review - LOMALUX Dandruff Pill

2017-08-20 07:47:29 karenmsmith77

LOMLUX Dandruff Pill

Today I wanted to talk to you about a product that may not interest all of you, but some of you may be very interested. I had hoped to give you a full review, but due to all of the health issues I have been dealing with I am constantly running behind on my blog post and I didn’t want to put this off. So you may end up with a follow-up post on this or at least some post on social media letting you know what I think later. Currently I am only a couple of weeks into taking this. I think a month to a month and a half is really needed to give a full accurate opinion.

So lets talk about what this is. The product is the LOMALUX Dandruff Pill. It is a homeopathic medication (I will talk about what that means in a bit) designed to temporarily relieve the symptoms of dandruff. It is a combination of seven active minerals. It is lactose free, gluten free, and vegan. It does have a warning on the box to not take this if you have kidney disease, under fifty pounds, or breast feeding. So those are some things to consider before taking this. Also, the product claims have not been reviewed by the FDA. I personally don’t care about that factor, but I know some people do, and I want you to be fully informed when I review products like this.

I was interested in reviewing this product because I do have many dandruff symptoms as a part of my contact dermatitis. Ironically I can’t use most dandruff shampoos because they include ingredients that I am allergic to and would trigger my contact dermatitis, in effect causing more dandruff. The couple I have found in Korean brands that do work for me are so expensive I can’t afford them often. I thought if this dandruff pill worked it might be a great alternative option.

Before I go any further on my thoughts about this product and any results I have seen lets talk about what homeopathic medicine is. While homeopathic medicine is considered to be in the field of natural remedies it is not the same as vitamins and minerals people are more commonly familiar with. Homeopathy is based on the idea that like cures like, so a chemical that causes an illness will cure the exact same illness, for the example caffeine would cure sleep loss. Except with homeopathy the thought is the cure needs to be diluted down, and the more diluted it is the more effective the cure. I tend to think of homeopathy as the naturopaths version of a vaccine without needles. If you would like to find out more information on homeopathy works there is a very well explained article on WebMD that does a great job of giving both the perspective of people for and against the use of homeopathic remedies.

My personal experience with homeopathy prior to this had been limited but good experiences, so I was very open to trying the LOMALUX Dandruff Pills. So let’s get on with more about the product and what I have thought so far.

Here is what the actual bottle look like. I have made the pictures clickable so if you want to see the pictures larger to read the ingredient list or the directions.

As I said earlier I have only been taking these for a couple of weeks now, so what I can say on how well they work is minimal. I do feel like I am seeing some results. However at this point it is hard to tell if it’s the pills or I am just in less contact with things that re setting my contact dermatitis off.

While I haven’t found the pills to have a bad taste or cause me heartburn, there have been some things I found challenging in taking these. First off you are supposed to take these first thing in the morning or right before bed on an empty stomach, and with nothing but water within an hour of taking the pills. This is a big challenge for me since I typically have a cup of coffee as soon as I get up in the morning, and at night right before bed is when I take all of my medicine, some of which requires I eat a little something with it. But also there is the size and texture of the pills. I have never been one of those people who have had a difficult time taking pills, even if they are large. But let me show you what we are actually talking about:

Pill size of the LOMALUX Dandruff Pills

They are quite large and have a chalky texture. I found it hard to get them to go down without sticking in my throat. I definitely can not take more than one of these at a time, and I have to be very careful how I swallow when I do.

One other thing to be aware of if you are interested in taking these, the dosage is based on your weight. This makes sense for a lot of things, but with this it can lead to some pretty large amounts of pills you are taking. I think most of us that are plus size are going to the categories of taking either six, eight, or ten pills a day.

So at this point your probably wondering if its worth taking the pills. Honestly, I can’t answer that for you, I can only tell you what I think for myself. And yes, as long as I continue to see improvements in condition, I absolutely think it is worth it.

If you are interested in trying this product out yourself you can find it on the LOMALUX website. You can also find it in the vitamin isle at select Walgreens.

I did receive this complimentary bottle from the company for review purposes. However, all opinions are my own.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried any homeopathic treatments before and what your experience with it is.

 

 

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Product Review - Orange Collagen Skin Treatment Face Mask By iBeautyLabs

2017-07-05 14:29:38 karenmsmith77

orange collagen mask from iBeautyLabs

I recently tried the Orange Collagen Skin Treatment Face Mask By iBeautyLabs. It was sold to me at a discounted price for review purposes. I was asked not to show you the actual packaging it came in because they are in the process of changing it and would not be relevant by the time anyone else may order it.

Orange Collagen Mask from iBeautyLabs

This is how it looks when you take it out of the package. It looks very similar to your average Hydrogel mask, with the smooth gel like fabric and it comes in a tray with liquid essence covering it. But that is really where the similarities stop.

When I first picked the mask up to put it on, the first thing I noticed was how thick the mask was. I think it was close to being twice as thick as any of the hyrodgel masks I have tried previously. I didn’t mind the thickness as far as the feel, but I do think it affected how it behaved on my skin. Typically I would expect a mask to adhere to my face within 20 to 30 seconds of application. However, I never could get this mask to actually stick to my skin.

Collagen Mask with my mask cover over it.

So in order to even take a picture with the mask on I had to put my Silicon Mask Cover
on with it. If you are unfamiliar with mask covers you can check out my review on the one I have here. Even with the mask cover on, you can see that it was still slipping down. I also found the eye and mouth slits were way too little for me, so I had to tear them a bit to wear it comfortably.

Laying down and having a mask cover on was the only way to keep the collagen mask in place.

This last picture is with me laying pack in my recliner. I adjusted the mask as much as I could, and it was torn by the mouth and eyes in this picture. It still felt like it kept sliding down. The fit was just not good for me.

I did really like the feel of the mask itself. Like I said it was very similar to a hydrogel, but something was a little different. It definitely held moisture well. However, it did not have the typical cooling sensation I usually get with a hydrogel mask.

The directions tell you to wear the mask 25 to 30 minutes. I was about 5 minutes in when it started feeling a burning sensation, and I ultimately had to take it off. You all know how sensitive my skin is due to my allergy to Balsam of Peru, so I wanted to be careful. I really think this was more of a me thing than a product thing. Though honestly its impossible for me to know for sure, I can’t seem to find an ingredient list on their product page.

I would rate this mask a 2 out of 5 stars. It definitely had a couple of positive points, but overall just didn’t work for me personally.

If you are interested in trying this mask out for yourself you can find it on iBeautyLabs Amazon product page.


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Product Review - Glorybrew Coffee Pods in The Duke Medium Roast

2017-05-27 16:05:56 karenmsmith77


I usually excited to try most new products. And I am always happy when products get sent to me for reviews. But I am especially excited to share this product with all of my readers because to my knowledge there is no other company that fills the need of this product. Today I am reviewing the Glorybrew Coffee Pods in The Duke, which is their medium roast.

Glorybrew Coffee Pods

They are available in three flavors as well as a variety pack, and they come in three size options. They work in all brewers that accept K-Cup portion packs.

What really excited me about trying this, and I think what makes it stand out from other coffee pods, is that it is 100% compostable. I have seen quite a few on the market that are 98% or even a couple that are 99% compostable, but this is the only one that is 100% compostable that has come to my attention.

This has been a much discussed topic among my friends, as I am sure it has among any group that cares about our environment. What do you do when a traditional coffee maker doesn’t make sense for your lifestyle, but you really hate that all of the coffee pods are piling up so high in our landfills. Maybe these coffee pods from Glory Brew are the solution.

100% compostable coffee pods

Here is what it says: Lid – 2.0 Compatible, Ring – Brown ring made using coffee chaff, Filter – Made using renewable bio-based materials.

These are compostable in Industrial Facilities, not back yard compost. So what that will mean for most of the readers here in the US is that if your city offers a yard waste collection container, that is where you would most likely want to dispose of your pods. Make sure to check with your city’s guidelines on what can be put in those containers first. And if you want more information on what to do with these pods, you can find out more information on that at http://www.purpod100.com.

Now let’s get back to the actual product itself.

Sealed foil packet the GloryBrew coffee pods come in

When you open up the box, instead of the pods being out, you find this resealable foil bag. I was a little confused by this at first, but as soon as I opened the bag I understood why.

GloryBrew coffee pods

You can sort of see in the picture the pods aren’t exactly made the way most coffee pods are. They are the same width at the top, and they do absolutely fit the Keurig I have. However, they are much shorter. And instead of the plastic bottoms like most coffee pods have they have a material like a thick coffee filter.

Once I opened the bag the smell was very obvious and potent, just like opening a can of coffee, which you don’t typically get with a traditional coffee pod. That is when I understood why they needed the resealable bag, its to keep the coffee fresh. The downside to this would be, you won’t be able to store these in coffee pod drawers.

Glorybrew coffee pods fits any Keurig or other machine that accepts k-Cups

And of course I made a few cups to try out. Both myself and my husband tried the coffee. I think of myself as casual coffee drink. I have never felt like I had to have it, though that is changing slightly as I get older. I typically drink flavored coffee and drink my coffee with a lot of cream and sugar. My husband on the other hand has been long time serious coffee drinker. He drinks his coffee black and does not want anything flavored.

From my perspective I thought it was alright, and it would certainly do okay as long as I used a flavored creamer. I would love to see them add some flavored coffees, because that would have me drinking more. My husband on the other hand thought it was perfect, and was exactly what he would expect from a medium roast coffee. He said he was curios to try their other blends.

At the end of the day I would be buying it more for the environment for me, but since my husband liked it we will definitely be buying more for him just to enjoy. If you are interested in trying these for yourself, make sure you check them out on Amazon.

Tell me in the comments below if knowing there is a 100% compostable coffee pod on the market will make you more likely to buy them?

 

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The cost of this product was covered for review purposes. However as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

 

 

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Product Review - Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue

2017-05-16 13:30:33 karenmsmith77

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

Influenster recently sent the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Royal Blue to me for free in a VoxBox for testing. I also received the Maybelline Unstoppable Mechanical Eyeliner Pencil, but for the purpose of this review I will only be talking about the Mascara.

I was really happy to find out that I was receiving this Mascara. I actually had been wanting to try a blue mascara and was about to go purchase one, so it was certainly convenient timing. It arrived it super cute packaging. It was certainly the cutest packaging out of all of the vox boxes I have ever had. And seriously, who isn’t a sucker for cute packaging?

Maybelline Great Lash Blue VoxBox

I will say up front that overall I just don’t think this product works for me. That’s not saying its a bad product or that it won’t work for someone else, but it didn’t work well for me. It did have some good points, but they were outweighed by the bad.

Here is what I liked about it:

I loved the rubber brush and its shorter bristles.

I also really loved the brilliant blue color of the product.

Here is what I didn’t like:

The formula was extremely runny. It was so runny that several times I ended up getting it in my eye.

It isn’t water proof. This is not normally a big deal for me. One of my favorite mascaras is not water proof, but this only took a tiny drop of water and I had runny blue mascara everywhere.

While I loved the color that was in the bottle, it did not show on my own lashes even with several coats. I tried it several different ways, and even with primers the best I could hope for is that you would catch a hint of blue. You will see better what I am talking about in the various pictures below.

Close Up of my eyelashes before and after application ofthe Great Lash Blue Mascara

I wanted to include at least one close up of the before and after application of the Great Lash Mascara. The after is with three coats of mascara, which is what I typically would do with the average mascara I would use. I just didn’t feel it covered my eyelashes well enough.  But I did try using more in some of the looks I did.

I did see pictures of other people who had vibrant blue on their lashes. Most of them had lighter hair color than me, so I have to wonder if that played a part in it even with the primers. I also saw some who had vibrant blue eyelashes, but their eyelashes looked horrific and cakey. You just knew that in order to achieve that look they did 10+ coats.

I can speculate as to why this didn’t work for me and did for others all I want, but at the end of the day all I can do is go on how it worked for me. And honestly I would never feel comfortable recommending this to someone else. But if you want to try a Maybelline product that I would highly recommend, take look at my review of the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Lipstick.

If you are interested in finding out more about what products I used in my makeup looks, make sure to follow me on Instagram. All of these pictures have been posted there already. I always try to include a list of products used on my Instagram feed.

Tell me in the comments below if you have tried the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Did you try the original or this Royal Blue color? What did you think?

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Product Review - 3 Piece Set Pineapple Corer, Apple Corer, And Apple Slicer

2017-04-18 01:20:44 karenmsmith77


One of my favorite fruits is pineapple. I love it fresh, I love the juice, I love deserts made with it, and I even use it when I bake ham. We use a lot of pineapple in our house. That is why I have another kitchen tool for review. I am trying out the pineapple corer from Amazon seller Techfeed.

Pineapple Corere and cutter

Well technically this set includes three different items. You get the pineapple corer, you get an apple corer, and you get an apple slicer. But for this post we will be concentrating on the pineapple corer. I think most people will already be at least somewhat familiar with the other two items.

You get an apple corer and a apple slicer in the box with your pineppple corer.

When it comes to the pineapple corer I thought this might be one of those things where it was easier to show you how it works than to just tell you. So we made a couple of videos. It was meant to be one, but this is one of those things that has a learning curve to it. There were instructions, but I didn’t find them completely helpful. And when I do these reviews I don’t like to watch other people do it before I try products out. That being said, the first attempt wasn’t that bad, and the product was surprisingly easy to use.

The directions you are given are on the sides of the box. It is as follows:

Slice off the leafy crown of a pineapple (recommended pineapple size 3-5 pounds), position the cutting disk over it, then twist the handle with a slight downward pressure. All the juice is retained with minimal waste.

So here was attempt #1:

 

 

And here was the second attempt:

You can see the second attempt went much better. Only a slight snafu at the end with going down a little too far and piercing the pineapple skin at the bottom.

Here are my tips for using the pineapple corer.

  • Don’t just cut the green off of the pineapple, cut down about two inches below the green top. You should be seeing just yellow in the center and no brown or green spots. If you are seeing some of the rind still, cut it down farther.
  • Make sure you put the corer as close to the center as you can.
  • Keep twisting the handle until you hit the bottom of the pineapple.
  • When you hit the bottom twist back in forth in an almost rocking motion while pulling up to pull all the pineapple up at once.

At the end of the day, I do think this is a great product that can save you a lot of time and/or money if you use a lot of pineapple. I will be buying a lot less precut pineapple. Its easy to clean up too. It can be hand washed or put in the dishwasher. The black handle comes off and you can just wash the stainless steel part. Just be careful if you hand wash it, you don’t want to make a trip to the ER.

If you are interested in trying this set out for yourself, you can find it at Techfeed’s Amazon page.

I did receive this product at a discounted price for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.

 

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