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I know it’s the end of the month but we’ve had things at home going on, things are kind of all over the place. But May is Lyme Awareness Month. Some of you know that after I had Fumiko I was diagnosed with chronic lyme disease. You can read my first post about lyme disease here. Since then I started seeing a doctor at NARA a few years back who re-tested me because she just sort of thought I was crazy. Text came back “negative” so now I don’t have lyme, even though, I believe I still really do. My current doctor is another doctor from NARA and she’s just gone along with the previous doctor. So now I’m on 14 medications and being treated for lots of individual symptoms but I still have no real diagnoses. Though they’ve looked at fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis again. Now I worry about my kiddos more since it can be passed on. Since I was bit when I was 8. Well obviously I had it for both pregnancies. I’ve learned that lyme in children can show up as ADHD and autism. Two things both of the children have recently been diagnosed with. I’m going to be talking to some people at NARA I’ve been working with about Lyme to see if maybe they can help me find someone more knowledgeable about it. Some days are okay, other days are bad. We’re just taking every day as it comes. I’m still trying to recuperate from the walk we took last week. Sad I know. My body is still pretty much screaming at me. Since my last post is a little over 4 years old I just wanted to give a little update. I recently printed out a lyme symptom sheet to mark what is going on to take into my doctor and have with me when I talk to some others at NARA to give them a better idea of what is going on. I don’t know how it will help but hopefully it will. Symptoms come and go and change every so often. But they’re always there. Some are constant and just don’t go away. Some go away and come back. I’d like to find someone who can help me and run proper tests. Here’s to hope.

Symptoms of lyme:

Head, Face, Neck

  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Headache, mild or severe, seizures
  • Pressure in head, white matter lesions in brain (MRI)
  • Twitching of facial or other muscles
  • Facial paralysis (Bell’s Palsy, Horner’s syndrome)
  • Tingling of nose, (tip of) tongue, cheek or facial flushing
  • Stiff or painful neck
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Dental problems
  • 10. Sore throat, clearing throat a lot, phlegm (flem), hoarseness, runny nose

Eyes/Vision

  • Double or blurry vision
  • Increased floating spots
  • Pain in eyes, or swelling around eyes
  • Oversensitivity to light
  • Flashing lights, peripheral waves or phantom images in corner of eyes

Ears/Hearing

  • Decreased hearing in one or both ears, plugged ears
  • Buzzing in ears
  • Pain in ears, oversensitivity to sounds
  • Ringing in one or both ears

Digestive and Excretory Systems

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bladder (trouble starting, stopping) or interstitial cystitis

<li>Upset stomach (nausea or pain) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

Musculoskeletal System

  • Bone pain, joint pain or swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stiffness of joints, back, neck, tennis elbow
  • Muscle pain or cramps, (Fibromyalgia)

Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

  • Shortness of breath, can’t get full/satisfying breath, cough
  • Chest pain or rib soreness
  • Night sweats or unexplained chills
  • Heart palpitations or extra beats
  • Endocarditis, heart blockage

Neurologic System

  • Tremors or unexplained shaking
  • Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
  • Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, weakness, peripheral neuropathy or partial paralysis
  • Pressure in the head
  • Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks
  • Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking
  • Increased motion sickness
  • Light-headedness, wooziness

Psychological Well-being

  • Mood swings, irritability, bi-polar disorder
  • Unusual depression
  • Disorientation (getting or feeling lost)
  • Feeling as if you are losing your mind
  • Over-emotional reactions, crying easily
  • Too much sleep, or insomnia
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Narcolepsy, sleep apnea
  • Panic attacks, anxiety

Mental Capability

  • Memory loss (short or long term)
  • Confusion, difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty with concentration or reading
  • Going to the wrong place
  • Speech difficulty (slurred or slow)
  • Difficulty finding commonly used words
  • Stammering speech
  • Forgetting how to perform simple tasks

Reproduction and Sexuality

  • Loss of sex drive
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Unexplained menstrual pain, irregularity
  • Unexplained breast pain, discharge
  • Testicular or pelvic pain

General Well-being

  • Phantom smells
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Swollen glands or lymph nodes
  • Unexplained fevers (high or low grade)
  • Continual infections (sinus, kidney, eye, etc.)
  • Symptoms seem to change, come and go

<li>Pain migrates (moves) to different body parts

  • Early on, experienced a “flu-like” illness, after which you have not since felt well
  • Low body temperature
  • Allergies or chemical sensitivities
  • Increased effect from alcohol and possible worse hangover

 

Ii’m a ball of fun. xd My kids don’t even blink when I ask them how to do something because I forgot. Like forgetting where the can opener is or forgetting how to use it oops.

Watch Under Our Skin. It’s a great movie and explains a lot.

 

 

Luna

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Official description
A Professional At-Home Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) Glycolic, Lactic, & Pyruvic Acid Chemical Peel.

Our most versatile exfoliator, Fruit Acid Gel Peel 15% with Kojic Acid combines a trio of naturally-derived alpha hydroxy acids, Glycolic, Lactic, and Pyruvic acids, to create an effective, professional-grade peel.

Complexion is noticeably brighter and more even after first application.
Ideal for Age Spots, Dry Dull Skin, Freckles, Sun Spots, Increasing Skin Radiance and Luminosity, Acne Scarring, Skin Lightening, Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, Melasma.
Erases fine lines, shrinks pores, Improves oily and problematic skin
Clears pores and prevents breakouts
Enhanced with Kojic acid, a natural skin brightener with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, to reduce the appearance of dark spots and inhibit melanin production
Alcohol free
Paraben free
Phthalate free
Vegan
No artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives

Where to buy
From [re] fresh – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $34.95 USD.
From Amazon – You get a 1 fluid ounce bottle for $34.95 USD.

Directions

NOTE: For the first time using our product, we strongly recommend leaving the peel on your skin for only 1 minute. This is so you can see how your skin reacts, especially for sensitive skin types. If there is no adverse reaction after 48 hours, use peel normally per the instructions below.

We recommend doing peels in the evening, which allows your skin to repair itself overnight and for any redness to subside.

Step 1: Cleanse skin normally. Follow with an alcohol-based toner or rubbing alcohol (this removes any last traces of oil and makeup, allowing the peel to penetrate the upper layers of skin and do its job). But if you don’t have a toner handy, it’s ok – it’ll still work.

Step 2: Apply peel using finger tips. 1 to 1.5 droppers full should cover your face. Avoid eye area.

OPTIONAL As you become used to using this products and are comfortable with its effects on your skin, you may allow the first layer to dry (1-3 minutes) and apply a second layer of the Fruit Acid Peel for increased exfoliation.

Step 3: Let peel sit for 3-5 minutes, but no more than 10 minutes. Rinse with plenty of cool water. You may want to lightly cleanse skin with your favorite gentle cleanser to remove any last traces of the peel, but it’s not required.

If skin is very red and irritated, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to cool water and rinse face. It’s not required, but it feels nice!

Step 4: Pat gently dry, apply Restore Hyaluronic Moisturizing Cream.

Step 5: Use sunscreen daily while using this product.

Recommended for use 1-3 times per week.

Skin will be smoother and brighter after first application. After 4-6 weeks skin will have improved tone, diminished fine lines and pigmentation, scars will be less noticeable.

NOTE: Many people will not actually have visible sheets of skin peeling off (like after a sunburn), but merely experience redness and tingling/burning. It does not mean it didn’t “work”, that is normal.

Packaging
The bottle comes in a cardboard box with company and product information on it. The Peel comes in a glass cobalt blue bottle with a white dropper top that has a clear glass dropper. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
It’s a clear thing gel that smells very slightly vinegar-y and acid-y. It feels sticky on the skin.

Ingredients
Purified Water, Natural Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic & Pyruvic Acids), Kojic Acid, Xanthan Gum.

I’ve been using this a couple of times a week for a few weeks now. This brightens my skin and tightens my pores, it makes my skin super smooth and soft and supple after using it. My acne scars(I get new ones frequently. ugh) appear to be lighter. I also noticed that for a couple of days after I use this my forehead and nose don’t get as oily. It doesn’t make my skin burn like some other peels have and it doesn’t make my skin super red after using it. It makes my skin a little tingly. I like it a lot and will continue using it. :) This has a pH of 2. They have a Rose Glow cleanser that has a pH of 6 that I want to try really bad. I really like this peel and I’ll be picking it up again when I’m able!

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Official description
Are you tired of looking in the mirror at skin that has been damaged by time, pollutants, and stress… and wondering where the youthful “you” went?

Time takes the youthful glow out of your skin. Add damage from pollutants, the sun, and stress, and you can end up feeling like you’ve aged years in just a few days. But why let time keep you from the youthful, radiant appearance you deserve?

Hydrated, radiant, toned skin makes you look and feel younger, improving self-esteem and making your friends, spouse, and family take notice!

The secret to healthier, younger-looking skin

Hyaluronic Acid is packed with vitamins, A, C, D, and E to hydrate and feed your skin to fade lines, wrinkles, age spots and blemishes.

With its low molecular weight, it absorbs easily into your skin, eliminating that “sticky” feeling other products have.

Perfect for sensitive skin

Our gentle, nourishing hyaluronic acid serum is ideal for even the most sensitive skin. It’s alcohol-free and paraben-free. We formulate and package our serum in an FDA-certified facility right here in the USA!

We package our serum with freshness to preserve the raw, natural ingredients!

We take great care to preserve the quality of Witch Hazel Extract, Lavender Oil, and Aloe infused in our serum to give your skin maximum moisture!

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 1.7 ounce bottle for $35.25 USD.

Directions
Use twice daily, once in the morning and once at night. Use as a base and apply other serums and moisturizers as well as makeup on top of Authentic skin care’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum. The hyaluronic acid serum will draw in the moisture from the environment as well as from the moisturizer deep into your skin for a great hydrating affect. Moisturize your face and neck every morning and/or night after you cleanse and tone. Always moisturize your face and neck in upward motions. Moisturizing is important for all skin types. In every step of skin care always use circular, upward motions with a gentle touch on your face. Don’t help gravity by tugging down on your skin and remember that the skin on your face loves you so you should love it. It’s also made in the US.

Packaging
The serum bottle comes in a cardboard box with product and company information. The serum comes in a clear plastic pump bottle. It has a frosted silver snap on cap and bottom. The pump top is silver and white. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
It smells clean kind of like antiseptic and aloe. It’s a cloudy, cream colored gel. It completely absorbs into the skin leaving no residue behind.

Ingredients
Deionized Water, Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), Aloe Barbadensis Juice, Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Witch Hazel Extract, Acrylates/C 10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, MSM, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant), Sodium Hydroxide,Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lavender Oil, L-Arginine, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol.

I’ve using this serum for about a month now. I’ve used Adeline’s moisturizer before and liked it. I also like their hyaluronic serum! It’s soothing and helps with inflammation, smoothes skin, evens skin tone, moisturizes and just feels generally good on the skin. It’s not sticky and fully absorbs into the skin. It has a fresh scent that dissipates quickly after it’s absorbed. The bottles is big and lasts a long time. I’m not even three quarters done with the bottle. It’s good stuff yo. They have a 100% money back guarantee so that if you don’t like the product you can return it for a refund even if the bottle is empty!

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Official description
Vitamin D is crucial to our body’s process of converting calcium into strong bones. We obtain Vitamin D through our diet and also from sunlight. Obtaining enough Vitamin D is critical as we age due to reduced bone strength and our heart health. Maxasorb D3 provides an easy and effective way to supplement our daily Vitamin D.

Each measured dose of lotion from our airless dispenser delivers 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3 with a full press of the pump. Rubbing the easily absorbed, odorless lotion on your arms or legs makes daily use of Maxasorb D3 an ideal way to get all the Vitamin D you need. Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin.

Where to buy
From Vita Sciences – You get a 50mL bottle for $29.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $19.95 USD.

Directions
Place a full pump on anywhere on your skin and rub until the lotion is fully absorbed. Use the product as directed. The lotion may be applied to your face but be careful around the eyes. Additionally, the lotion contains skin moisturizers and conditioners that are great for any type of skin.

Packaging
The cream comes in a cardbaord box. It has product and company information on it. The cream comes in a white pump bottle with a clear snap on cap. The label has product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
This has an odd aloe scent. It’s a thick cream that has a slight oily feel and feels a little oily after it’s absorbed.

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Palm Stearic Acid, Emulsifying Wax, Cetyl Myristoleate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Dimethyl Sulfone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid

I’ve been using the D3 cream once a day for a few week. It is thick and moisturizing, but it leaves and oily feeling behind. I am currently on 50,000 IU of D3 a week. My last blood test showed my Vitamin D being at 10. Oops. I need all the help I can get, especially since the sun is my nemesis. Granted 1,000 IU is a far cry from 50,000 IU, but I need all the help I can get! I think this would be good for those who don’t like or can’t swallow pills and want some extra D3 in their life.

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Official description
Maxasorb B12 is scientifically formulated to topically delivery Vitamin B12. Similar technology as our patented B-12 Patch is used in this skin soothing lotion. Each full application of lotion provides 320 micrograms of Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) plus 120 micrograms of Vitamin B3 (niacin) and 10 micrograms of Folate.

Maintaining overall energy levels and cognitive abilities supports a healthy lifestyle. Vitamin B12 and folate help preserve DNA integrity and are important for lowering homocysteine levels. Key medical experts even suggest that all healthy adults over 50 years of age supplement their diets with 100 to 400 micrograms per day of Vitamin B12.

Using Maxasorb B12 as directed is a safe and reliable method of absorbing key B-Vitamins. Infused with antioxidants and moisturizers, greaseless Maxasorb is easily absorbed into your skin. Each 1.7 ounce bottle delivers 30 applications of lotion in protected and measured amounts. Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin.

Where to buy
From Vita Sciences – You get a 50mL bottle for $29.95 USD. It’s currently on sale for $19.95 USD.

Directions
Place two full pumps on the inside of wrists and rub wrists together until the lotion is absorbed into the inner arm area. The lotion may be applied anywhere but this particular area typically has thin skin and assures maximum benefit. The lotion may be applied to your face but be careful around the eyes.

Packaging
The bottle comes in a cardboard box with product and company information on it. The cream is in a white pump bottle with a clean snap on cap. The bottle had product and company information on it.

Scent and formula
It smells like mint and aloe. It’s a light orange, kind of creamsicle color. It’s a thick creamy almost waxy formula. It does leave almost a waxy feel on the skin.

Ingredients
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Palm Stearic Acid, Emulsifying Wax, Cetyl Myristoleate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrahydropiperine, Methylcobalamin (320 mcg/dose), Niacinamide (120 mcg/dose), Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Folic Acid (10 mcg/dose).

I’ve been using this cream once a day for a few weeks now. It’s moisturizing but it leaves a sort of waxy residue behind. I haven’t noticed any cognitive benefits using this cream and I haven’t had bloodwork done yet so I don’t know if my b12 level has changed at all or not. It’s a decent cream and I think if you can’t take pills this would be a good alternative.

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Hi! I’m Claire, and I am super excited to be your guest blogger this week :)

A couple months ago I discovered a new (to me) perfumer, Deconstructing Eden; when I saw that she had a whole collection inspired by Type O Negative they couldn’t jump into my mailbox fast enough. Be still, my goth teenager heart.

The Type O Negative collection includes four fragrances in EdP format, and I hope she considers expanding the collection because I would love to see more like these (um, Cinnamon Girl, maybe?).

Here’s a look at the collection, along with some quick reviews of all four:

Deconstructing Eden - Type O Negative Collection

Be My Druidess

A midnight fire in a dark forest this unisex blend has incense, woods, tree moss, light and dark musks and a smokey fire

This was the one I was most excited about. Not because it’s the best Type O Negative song ever (but, okay, it is the best Type O Negative song ever), but because it sounded amazing and I love smelling like all of these things. Very little could go wrong here.

Right out of the vial I get a big hit of oakmoss with some dark musks and something phenolic that isn’t birch tar.  A few minutes in I get more incense and less smoke — this smells a lot like dry incense sticks, and is really quite realistic for that type of scent. If you’re into spicy incense and woody fragrances this is definitely one to try. This (along with Black No. 1) is definitely more of a cool weather fragrance, so I’m looking forward to trying it again in the Fall to enjoy that atmospheric mossy woodsmoke aura.

Black No. 1

Milk white skin, a haze of clove cigarette smoke, burning leaves and the blackest patchouli in my collection

Opens with a fairly realistic smoky leaves accord, followed quickly by a light, clean musk that verges a bit on soapy. There are little hints of smoky clove weaving throughout the middle stages — if you aren’t looking for them they aren’t super apparent, and seem to add just a hint of spice and grit to what is essentially an interesting juxtaposition of clean musk-meets-dirty leaves. There’s a touch of the patchouli in the drydown, but I imagine it’s also contributing to the earthiness of the burned leaves. This is another one that I’ll be anxious to wear again in cooler weather.

Love You To Death

Beeswax candles, a drop of sweat, spilled wine and smoke.
Oud, black agar, a creamy patchouli, and myrrh form the base notes. The heart notes are green berries, citrus peel and spice and the top notes are smoke and beeswax

This one opens a little powdery, likely from the honey/beeswax note. It’s sweet but not at all cloying, and despite the citrus and berry notes I would not call this a fruity fragrance. This one is a bit lighter and has less throw than the others overall, but it’s quite lovely and subtle. I actually layered this one with Be My Druidess and it added a really nice amount of warm honeyed sweetness; these two made an unexpectedly cohesive pair. On its own it’s a nice, somewhat soft and feminine patchouli/beeswax/smoke blend that dries down to a gentle woody musk with the faintest hints of berry and wine. This one feels a bit like wrapping yourself in a soft, freshly-warmed blanket.

My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend 

Soft, sweet and beguiling, a close to the skin, white musk forms the base. Heart notes of jasmine, soft rose, freesia, lily and black currant.
Top notes of pink grapefruit, bergamot and mandarin orange

Opens as a strong bouquet of freesia and lily backed by a classic white musk.  This is probably the most traditionally “perfumey” of this set, and the musk here does veer a bit towards soap (or maybe bubble bath) to my nose. Still, a nice composition for the classic clean musk/floral fans, and a nice warm weather fragrance. I enjoyed the drydown on this one quite a bit as the heavy florals gave way to a softer and gentler combination of sweet musk and slightly tart berry/currant with just enough rose to keep it intriguing.

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Official description
The derma roller is a hand-held device which has the ability to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin to promote healthier skin cells. Using the dermaroller to renew your skin cells regularily, you will be able to treat common problems such as wrinkles, skin hyperpigmentation, scars (including acne scars), uneven skin, stretch marks and even hair loss.

Where to buy
From Derma Roller System – You get a derma roller in selected needle mm for $99.95 USD. They are currently on sale for $49.95 USD.

Directions
For the face
Preparation:

Before you begin using the Derma Roller System, wash and dry your hands and the area to be treated with soap and water thoroughly. Clean your treatment table with disinfectant and then prepare the following items:

– Derma Roller System with needle lengths of 0.5mm or 1.0mm (included)
– Peptide Mask (available at your local pharmacy)
– Clean towel
– Sunscreen/Sunblock
– Half a glass of disinfectant: rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (only – required once per week/treatment)

How To Apply:
1.Roll the Derma Roller gently over the area you wish to treat 4 times vertically, 4 times horizontally, 4 times diagonally to the left and 4 times diagonally to the right (as illustrated below). This is more than enough to stimulate collagen and elastin formation in the skin. Avoid using the Derma Roller on your eyelids or lips.
2.Place one sheet of Peptide Mask on your face and leave the mask on for 10 minutes.
3.Daytime Treatment Only – If you are using the Derma Roller System in the daytime, apply sun protective cream onto the face and neck after removing the Peptide Mask.
4.Treat only once per day, up to 5 times per week when using the Derma Roller System in 0.5mm. Treat only once every 3 to 4 weeks when using the Derma Roller System in 1.0mm.

image credit: <a href="http://www.dermarollersystem.com/dermaroller-face-treatment.html">Derma Roller System</a>

image credit: Derma Roller System

For the body
Preparation:

Before you begin using the Derma Roller System, wash and dry your hands and the area to be treated with soap and water thoroughly. Clean your treatment table with disinfectant and then prepare the following items:

– Derma Roller System with needle lengths of 1.0mm and above (included)
– Nutrient enriched lotion (optional)
– Clean towel
– Sunscreen/Sunblock
– Half a glass of disinfectant: rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (only – required once per treatment)

How to Apply:
How To Use The Derma Roller System
1.Roll the Derma Roller gently over the area you wish to treat 4 times vertically, 4 times horizontally, 4 times diagonally to the left and 4 times diagonally to the right (as illustrated below). This is more than enough to stimulate collagen and elastin formation in the skin.
2.Wash the treated area with cold water and dry the skin gently with a clean towel.
3.Apply an appropriate amount of nutrient enriched lotion to the area you are treating.
4.Daytime Treatment Only – If you are using the Derma Roller System in the daytime, apply sun protective cream onto body after applying the nutrient enriched lotion.
5.Treat only once every 3 to 4 weeks.

image credit: <a href="http://www.dermarollersystem.com/dermaroller-face-treatment.html">Derma Roller System</a>

image credit: Derma Roller System

For the hair
Preparation:

Before you begin using the Derma Roller System, wash and dry your hands and the area to be treated with soap and water thoroughly. Clean your treatment table with disinfectant and then prepare the following items:

– Derma Roller System in 1.0mm
– 1ml of Minoxidil 5% (available at your local pharmacy)
– Clean towel
– Half a glass of disinfectant: rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide (only required once per week)

How To Apply:
1.After showering and washing your scalp each day, dry with a clean towel.
2.Roll the Derma Roller gently over the area you wish to treat in one direction only one time (not back and forth).
3.Apply 1ml of Minoxidil 5% to balding/thinning area and massage into scalp thoroughly. Note: If you notice the scalp flaking after several days, rub the flaking skin away when shampooing your hair.
4.Treat only once per day, up to 5 times per week.

image credit: <a href="http://www.dermarollersystem.com/dermaroller-face-treatment.html">Derma Roller System</a>

image credit: Derma Roller System

Care of your Derma Roller
After you have finished using your Derma Roller, rinse the device under hot water. You will need to disinfect your Derma Roller once a week by standing it head first in half a glass of disinfectant (rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide) for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (no longer). Then, remove the Derma Roller from the cup and shake off any excess liquid. Place the Derma Roller on its side on a clean towel to dry. When it is completely dry, store the Derma Roller back into the original case provided. Try to keep the case as clean as possible and stored in somewhere safe.

Packaging
The Derma Roller comes packaged in a cardboard box with product information and company information. The Derma Roller is housed in a clear acrylic case that holds it when it’s not in use. The derma roller is plastic and tan and has golden needles on the rolling head. The acrylic case has a sticker on it that says what the mm of the needles are.

I have been using this Derma Roller from Derma Roller System for a few weeks now. I use it on my scalp and face a few times a week. More than that and my skin gets too tinder. When I use this on my face it gets red and I can see tiny dots across where I’ve rolled for a little while after use. This gives an odd sensation when you roll it across the skin, but it’s not painful. On my face I have noticed that my acne scars appear lighter, pores appear smaller, skin feels taught and my skin just looks a little better in general. I haven’t noticed much difference in my hair, but I also don’t have the recommended Minoxidil to apply either. Hopefully I will be able to get some in the next month or so and then I can report back on how that makes a difference! I do not have wrinkles so I can’t tell you how this works with those. The feel of this going across the skin isn’t painful, it feels a little odd but not painful. I do have to note that one of the needles on my Derma Roller came bent, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference in how it works or feels. Since this isn’t painful and it’s easy to use I will definitely continue to use it. I feel that it also helps my skincare products absorb better into my skin. I don’t think 3 weeks is really enough time to get great results, but I think it will be worth continuing.

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Official description
Combined with the skin-firming powers of hyaluronic acid, oxygen promotes cell renewal, increases circulation, and energizes the skin.

Results show:

- Delivers abundant hydration for supple, wrinkle-free skin
- Accelerates the skin’s natural repair process
– Boosts skin’s elasticity and density
– Preserves skin’s youthful tone and texture

As we age, the body produces less and less hyaluronic acid, thus affecting how moisture is stored in the skin. Ultima Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum works to mend that by providing the skin with the nourishing ingredients it needs to remain young and radiant. Penetrating deep into the skin and nourishing from the core, this serum brings back elasticity to your skin and reverses the signs of aging while protecting from free radicals.

180 Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum is recommended for anyone of any age interested in preserving and maintaining the skin’s natural elasticity and youthful qualities.

Where to buy
From Amazon – You get a 15mL bottle for $14.95 USD.

From 180 Cosmetics – You get a 15mL bottle for $19.95 USD.

Directions
Apply several drops to face and gently massage in circular motions. Wait until fully absorbed before applying facial cream or makeup. Recommended for use twice daily, morning and night.

Packaging
It comes safely secured in a box that has company and product information on it. It’s a frosted, clear glass dropper bottle. The dropper top is white with a gold rim and a clear dropper. It has company and product information printed on the bottle.

Scent and formula
It’s a clear gel like liquid. It doesn’t really have a scent. It fully absorbs and leaves no residue.

Ingredients
Aqua (Pure mineral water), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic acid), Perfluorodecaline (Oxygen), Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Magnesium Ascorbil Phosphate (The most powerful and stable Vitamin C), Sorbic acid, Benzyl Alcohol (Delicate preservatives; authorized for use by BDIH & Ecocert organizations).

This is a nice serum. The packaging is lovely and it works well. After using this my skin feels soft, smooth and supple. It’s supposed to help with wrinkles but I don’t have any so I can’t tell you how it works on them. This fully absorbs into the skin so there’s no icky residue left on your skin. The oxygen is supposed increase cell renewal and promote cell renewal! 180 Cosmetics also has other serums.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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