Little wooly bear! We almost stepped on him on the path. D=

We took a walk and explored!

Today… *checks time* Yesterday… Fumiko and Sascha and I went to the park down the road and explored the trails! I took lots of pictures of plants. I want to learn what they all are. Help a girl out. If you know what some of these plants are please tell me! I have failed at google. d= We had fun. Though we ended up at a marsh like thing and I got one of my shoes soaked in mud. Oops. We found a poor little wooly bear caterpillar on one of the trails. We almost stepped on the poor little guy. I moved him off the trail so he was safe and wouldn’t get smooshed. I think next weekend we will go out again and explore in the other direction. We had fun.

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Review & Swatches: Chirp Cosmetics

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Eyeshadow
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $6.00 CAD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $2.05 CAD per baggie.

Brow Powder
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5g by weight for $8.00 CAD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $2.05 CAD per baggie.

Blush
You will receive loose product in a 20g jar with a sifter, packed 5g by weight for $16.00 CAD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $2.05 CAD per baggie.

Finishing Powder
You will receive loose product in a 30g jar with a sifter, packed 8g by weight for $24.65 CAD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a 20g jar with a sifter, packed 5g by weight for $20.00 CAD per jar.
You will receive loose product in a baggie, packed ⅛ teaspoon by volume for $2.05 CAD per baggie.

Lipstick
You will receive lipstick in a bullet, packed 4mL by volume for $12.32 CAD per bullet.
You will receive lipstick in a clamshell, packed 0.5mL by volume for $3.00 CAD per clamshell.

Lip Tint
You will receive lipstick in a lip tube, packed 4mL by volume for $10.00 CAD per lip tube.
You will receive lipstick in a clamshell, packed 0.5mL by volume for $2.05 CAD per clamshell.

Photos were taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Eyeshadow swatched over Lunatick Cosmetic Labs LunatiCK Primer.

I received samples of Chirp Cosmetics products to try out. I was going to do lip swatches of the lipsticks but I didn’t have enough time today. The sun finally came out and the kids and I went for a walk and explored. Hopefully I can take some tomorrow! All of the shadows are soft and buttery and easy to blend. None of them were shear and all were pigmented. Most of the lipsticks were on the sheer side except Red Velvet and Singe, but they apply evenly. They aren’t scented and don’t really have a smell. Bitten is a lip tint that is a sheer balm. It doesn’t have a scent either. The finishing powder is translucent and matte. It applies well. The blushes are all soft and shimmery and apply easily. The brow powders are matte and soft. They’re easy to apply and blend. Chirp is a new company to me but the products are really nice. I contacted them a couple of times on Facebook with questions and got a very quick reply both times. All product ingredients and descriptions are available on their website. I didn’t want to put them all here or it’d be a very, very long post. xd Chirp Cosmetics is located in Ontario, Canada.

Overall I was really pleased with their products. I hope they come out with some magenta-y shaded lipsticks! You can find them on Instagram and Facebook.

Chirp Cosmetics
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Summary

Pros
Good quality
Inexpensive
Great colors
Great texture

Cons
None

Final thoughts
The colors are pretty and the quality is great.

Buy or not
Definitely

4.6
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SKLEER

Review: SKLEER Skin Conditioning Gel

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Official description
Any skin type

Regardless of whether your skin is dry, normal or oily, SKLEER is the ultimate in skin conditioning.

This dermatologically approved gel smoothes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, refines texture, and evens skin tone for a fresher and more youthful appearance.

Because SKLEER is a great environment for your skin, and contains no harmful acids or alkalis (see Natural Ingredients), the more you use it the better.

Helps relieve dry skin

SKLEER is great for smoothing and improving the look and feel of dry skin.

How Does It Work?

SKLEER’s miracle gel, draws its natural herbal ingredients into the lower layers of the skin which are the actively dividing layers of the skin. This provides a wonderfully moisturising environment, while the skin naturally replenishes itself.

The upper dead surface layers of the skin (epidermis) are the protective layers of the skin, which act as a barrier to moisture escaping. In dry climates or in individuals with dry skin, this epidermal layer is often unable to cope and too much moisture is lost from the skin. Excessive showering, bathing or cleaning may worsen this by exfoliating away the epidermal layer due to the harsh effects of soap. SKLEER supplements the skin’s epidermis, by providing an extra invisible layer that locks in SKLEER’s natural herbal ingredients and the skin’s natural moisture and sheen.

Where to buy
From Skleer – You get 30mL for $19.99 USD.

Directions
SKLEER gel is a great environment for your skin, so the more you use it, the better it is.

Clean and dry the skin, then apply often as needed.

We recommend at a minimum, you use SKLEER once a day, to keep your skin looking and feeling fresher, clearer and tighter.

Apply it before using makeup or other creams!

Always clean your skin first, then apply SKLEER, before you apply makeup or other creams.

Packaging
You get a 30mL squeeze tube with a screw on cap. The tube is white and the cap is yellow. It has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
It’s a slightly off white, clear gel. It smells like caraway and cardamom. Spicy. Like Tei Fu oil. It smells good to me. It absorbs completely into the skin leaving no residue. The scent does linger for awhile.

Ingredients
Water, Alcohol Denat, Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Cardamom Oil, Caraway Oil, Cinnamon Oil (Bark), Glycerine, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Monooctanoate, Coloring Agent Tumeric Extract.

This stuff is great especially if your skin is super dry or irritated. It’s super soothing. It cools and just feels good. It’s a gel so it fully absorbs and leaves no residue. Your skin feels soft and refreshed. I used this on my leg where I got burned from using medical tape and it seemed to help it heal faster along with cooling the burn. I received a small sample size along with the tube so I put the sample in my purse in case something happens while we’re out. I also put it on a paper cut that was hurting and hot and it relieved the pain and immediately cooled it down. It’s great stuff.

SKLEER Skin Conditioning Gel
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Summary

Pros
Moisturizes
Cooling
Soothing
Smells good
Leaves no residue

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This gel is really soothing, cooling and moisturizing without leaving any residue.

Buy or not
Yes

4.7
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Organic Ceremonial Matcha Gold Class

Review: Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha Gold Class

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Official description
Midori Spring’s Ceremonial Gold Matcha is rich, smooth and creamy with a hint of sweetness when brewed traditionally. This premium product is Ceremonial Grade and is Organic (USDA, JAS) and Kosher (OU) Certified. We only select the best raw material from our tea gardens mostly from Aichi and Kagoshima in Japan and maintain the highest standards in production. Our Matcha has a fresh, sweet, green-vegetable-like aroma. The colour is a vibrant emerald green. Only high quality Ceremonial Grade Matcha encompass these features. You can enjoy Midori Spring’s Ceremonial Gold Matcha the traditional way by brewing or you can create your own Matcha inspired recipe. Whichever style you choose to have your Matcha, you can experience the many health benefits it has to offer since Matcha is a Superfood.

There are many immediate and long term health benefits when consuming Matcha, which include: increase in energy without the jitters, reduce stress and improve mental alertness, improve metabolism and help with weight loss, boost immune system and reduce inflammation and help the body cleanse of harmful elements. Give back to your health and embrace the power of Matcha.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 30 gram tin for $24.97 USD.

Directions
Traditional Method- What you need: Matcha Bowl (Chawan), Matcha Whisk (Chasen), Bamboo Scoop (Chashaku), Small Sifter 1. Warm up matcha bowl and bamboo whisk. Place whisk in bowl and fill ¹/3 of bowl with hot water. Let it sit for 1 minute, discard water. Dry bowl with clean cloth or paper towel. 2. With the bamboo scoop place 2 scoops of Midori Spring Matcha through a small sifter into bowl to avoid clumping. 3. Pour 60mL/2oz of hot water (72-76°c, 162-169°f) into bowl and whisk briskly in a “W” motion until fine foam appears. The whisk should not scratch the bottom of the bowl. 4. Sip and Enjoy!

Packaging
This comes in a silver tin with a scew on cap. The label has the brewing directions and product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This smells and looks like traditional matcha powder. It’s a very strong green tea scent. It’s a fine, bright green powder.

Ingredients
100% Organic and Kosher Certified Matcha Green Tea Powder. Harvested from the finest tea gardens in Japan. Certified, tested, and tasted by 9th Degree Tea Masters to make sure each batch is perfection.

Midori Spring’s Gold Label Matcha is wonderful. It’s incredibly flavorful and pretty. It’s very potent and I find I don’t need to use quite as much as I do with other brands. It makes a wonderful cup of hot matcha and a delicious green tea latte. Matcha powder is high in antioxidants and helps boost energy and speed up metabolism. It also helps with weight loss boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation. This definitely gives me a boost in energy. I drank a couple of green tea lattes a day for a couple of weeks and ended up losing a few pounds and haven’t gained them back. I’ve gone down to just one green tea latte a day with this matcha powder and I think it’s definitely helping. This Matcha powder is endorsed by third party certifications: USDA Organic Certified by NOP Via OCIA International Agreement, JAS Organic Certified by OCIA, OU Kosher Certified. In addition, Midori Spring Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha is also GLUTEN FREE, GMO FREE, and contains no pesticides, soy, wheat of any kind. If you are not satisfied with your Matcha powder you can get a 100% refund or you can exchange it.

Midori Spring Organic Ceremonial Matcha Gold Class
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  • Texture
  • Taste
  • Ingredients
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Summary

Pros
High quality
Great taste
Potent
Boosts energy

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This tastes very good and gives me a nice boost of energy.

Buy or not
Yes.

4.8
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Advanced Skin Revitalizing Cream

Review: Cutis Vita Skin Care Advanced Skin Revitalizing Cream

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Official description
Cutis Vita’s formula is all natural and does not contain any harmful chemical ingredients nor does it contain any synthetic fragrances. Many skin care products use ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, which is one of the main ingredients in Anti-Freeze and has been found to be harmful to the skin. They also use fragrances, which are synthetic chemicals and may or may not be safe. For your protection we intentionally avoided these potentially harmful ingredients.

Cutis Vita contains approximately 65% pure Aloe Barbadensis Miller leaf juice. Aloe Barbadensis Miller has been found to help with the following conditions: Acne, allergic rash, arthritis, athlete’s foot, blisters, burses, burns, canker sores, chapped lips, chapped skin, chemical burns, chemical peel, cold sores, cradle cap, cuts, diaper rash, eczema, fever blisters, fungal infection, hives, insect bites, itching skin, poison ivy, radiation burns, ring worm, rosacea, shingles, sore muscles, stretch marks, sunburn, varicose veins, very dry skin, wind burn, wrinkles and many more.

Where to buy
From Cutis Vita – You get a 4 ounce jar for $26.92 USD. It’s currently on sale for $20.97 USD.

Directions
Apply twice daily to needed areas of skin.

Packaging
It comes in a white jar with a screw on cap. It has a white and green label with product and company information.

Scent and formula
It smells slightly of aloe and unscented cream. It’s a white thick cream. It’s not oily at all.

Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Hybrid Sunflower Oil, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Thiamine HCl, Dimethiconol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Shea Butter, Bitter Orange/Petitgrain Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Tocopherol, Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Tangerine Peel Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pomelo Grapefruit Seed Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Comfrey Leaf Extract, Rose Hips Oil, Ginseng Root Extract, Fennel Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate.

I received my cream from Cutis Vita a few weeks ago and have had a couple of uses for it already. Literally the day after it arrived I tripped over a plastic bin in Fumiko’s classroom and cut the front of my leg pretty good. It hurt like a mofo and got a nice bruise, it’s still bruised to this day. t.t The cut however is healed and so far turning into a nice scar. I’d forgot about the cream all day and only remembered it that evening after my shower. My leg hurt really bad, not just the cut but the whole front of my leg. I applied the cream liberally and literally within minutes the cut stopped hurting. I was actually kind of shocked. I wanted to coat my whole leg in it. Since I’m diabetic cuts tend to take longer to heal, sometimes a lot longer. With the cream from Cutis Vita it healed faster than a cut of that magnitude would normally heal on me and it was a hell of a lot less painful.

If you read my blog then you know a couple of weeks ago the kiddos and I got to go on the Autism walkathon here in Portland. I of course got sunburned really bad on my chest, shoulders and scalp. Ugh. As soon as we got home I put the revitalizing cream on it and magic, the burn stopped. Oh it was still bright red, but it was painless. It also healed faster than sunburns normally do on me and it never peeled. A christmas miracle. This shit is awesome. Awesome. My face also broke out really bad. I had monstrous, nightmare pimples all over my face. A few are still healing, but most are gone now and none have scarred so far. *knocks on wood* I’ve been applying the revitalizing cream at the end of my skincare regime and it appears to be helping. I didn’t use it at first because I didn’t think of it and the mountains all over my face were really painful. Once I started apply it the pain didn’t completely go away but they hurt less and the healing seemed to start going faster. This stuff is awesome. I will be keeping it in the house for sunburns if nothing else. It’s the first thing I’ve found that stopped the pain and trust me I have tried many things over the years. Many.

This stuff is a thick cream. If you pack it on and let it dry it almost feels a little waxy, but if you massage it in there’s no residue at all. Your skin feels like there’s nothing on it. It fully absorbs and it has almost no scent. Once it’s absorbed you sure can’t smell anything. This stuff is awesome and should be in everyone’s first aid kit. Seriously. It comes in multiple sizes too.

Cutis Vita Skin Care Advanced Skin Revitalizing Cream
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  • Texture
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Summary

Pros
Healing
Pain relieving
Cooling
Sunburn relief

Cons
None

Final thoughts
I seriously love this stuff. It's very healing and versatile. It feels good on sunburns and cuts.

Buy or not
Oh yes.

4.6
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Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Review: Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Official description

EXPERIENCE THE MOISTURIZING ANTI WRINKLE POWER OF ANAVITA’S HYALURONIC ACID + ARGIRELINE (5%) + MATRIXYL

Most Users Achieve Excellent Results Within A Few Short Weeks!

You Won’t Find A Higher Quality, More Effective Anti Wrinkle Cream On The Market Due To Our Unique Blend Of Ingredients Which Rebuilds The Cellular Matrix

Here Are Some Of The Many Benefits You’ll Enjoy:

– Proven to stimulate the synthesis of collagen which makes your skin appear years younger & more vibrant
– Firms & tones tissue structure that cause expression lines around the eyes, mouth & forehead
– Multiple uses: anti wrinkle cream, moisturizer, day cream, night cream, makeup base
– Absorbs easily leaving a moisturized, not oily feeling with a light fragrance
– Paraben free, non-irritating cream helps against free radical damage
– Achieves better results than serums & creams with Vitamin C & Retinol

This Peptide Cream Contains 3 Clinically Tested Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, 5% Argireline, Matrixyl For Superior Anti Aging Effects

This rich cream will not run like some serums.

Beware of Less Effective Anti Wrinkle Cream Here on Amazon without Clinically Tested Ingredients

Anavita Anti Wrinkle Cream Is A Highly Potent Anti Aging Cream That Will Give You Dramatic Results & Help Your Skin Look & Feel 10 Years Younger

Made in Canada.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1.7 fluid ounce jar for $77.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $29.95 USD.

Directions
Wash skin with a water based cleanser. Place a pearl-sized amount on a finger and dab bits of the cream on the areas needing treatment. Then massage in the cream using gentle upward stokes until absorbed. Use alone or layer as needed. Apply morning and evening. Visible results in 2 to 4 weeks with continuing improvement for 12 weeks (sometimes sooner) with regular use.

Packaging
The jar came in a box that has company and product information on it. It comes in a silver jar with silver screw on cap. It has a white plastic seal inside when you open it. Label is white with product and company information.

Scent and formula
This has no scent to me. It’s a thick, white cream.

Ingredients
Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl) Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate.

I used this for a couple of weeks but I had to stop because I didn’t like it. It’s a thick cream that’s a tiny bit oily. Oily enough that it didn’t fully absorb and left a residue on my skin. Part of the time it would sort of ball up when I was putting it on. I didn’t really notice any improvements in my skin when I used it. It did moisturize I think, it didn’t dry my skin out. I just couldn’t continue using it because it felt gross.

Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream
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  • Efficacy
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Moisturizing
Pretty packaging

Cons
Leaves oily residue
Balls up

Final thoughts
This didn't work for me. It left a gross oily residue and balled up when I applied it.

Buy or not
No.

3.1
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