Living Proof Hair Products: 1 Month Results

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof hair products. I received product samples to facilitate my Living Proof review and to thank me for my participation.

Exactly a month ago to the day, I told you that I was taking the Living Proof Challenge. Since then, I’ve been using Living Proof hair products regularly, and I’m sold!

The new PhD (Perfect hair Day) line  includes a shampoo, conditioner, and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. They all treat and style hair to deliver smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish all in one set. The PhD shampoo and conditioner (sulfate-free, oil-free and silicone-free) say they will change your routine; they keep hair cleaner longer – reducing the need to wash your hair as often.

Got hair issues? You need to try Living Proof hair products! They will transform your hair after just a few uses, and you'll have a new head of hair in a month!

Do they work? Yes. Absolutely. Amazingly. Unbelievably. Exceeded expectations! This was seriously my favorite product review EVER!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these Living Proof hair products. Really, I’m not exaggerating. It’s like I have a whole new head of hair.

Living Proof Hair Products: 1 Month Results

My hair before using Living Proof hair products was dry, frizzy, and pretty much unmanageable. I would never go out in public after letting my hair air dry – I would have to either blow dry and flat iron it or use the blow dryer and diffuser to get curls. But not any more! These are pictures of me and my air-dried hair! I can’t believe how much my hair has changed!

Got hair issues? You need to try Living Proof hair products! They will transform your hair after just a few uses, and you'll have a new head of hair in a month!

You may not think it’s much of a transformation, but to me, Living Proof hair products are seriously life changing.

If you haven’t tried them yet, now is the time! Now through November 8th, with a Living Proof hair products order of $20 or more, you can get a free Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment (travel size.) With this order you will also receive free samples and free shipping! Use this shopping code to try it for yourself: NOV2014  

And if you need some hairspiration (hair inspiration!), make sure to check out the Living Proof site to check out lots of looks and detailed instructions for how to do it yourself. Make sure to also follow Living Proof on Pinterest for all kinds of styling ideas (you can even get Jennifer Aniston’s look!)

Now that I’m a die-hard, loyal Living Proof customer, I’m stalking them everywhere. You can find Living Proof on Facebook, on Twitter@LivingProof, on Pinterest, and  on Instagram.

Disclaimer: I received product samples to facilitate my Living Proof review.

Avoid ALLERGY FACE With Some Simple Makeup Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.

If you suffer from ALLERGY FACE - watery eyes, red nose, puffy face - you know how hard it is to wear makeup sometimes. These makeup tips will help!

This year has been the worst year for my allergies in four years. I know it has been four years because the last time I had allergies this bad was right before the twins turned a year old. I thought I had pink eye, but turns out it was “allergy eyes”, one of the fun things you get to deal with when you have ALLERGY FACE®.

Red nose. Watery eyes. Puffy eyes and face. General miserableness. If you experience these symptoms all at the same time, than you already know all about ALLERGY FACE®. If you don’t have any idea about what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky.

When I got the opportunity to help ZYRTEC® (side note: I take a ZYRTEC® every day and would die without my neti pot), spread the word about helping women look and feel their best despite their allergies through a series of beauty tips from celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg, I knew I had to help.

If you suffer from ALLERGY FACE - watery eyes, red nose, puffy face - you know how hard it is to wear makeup sometimes. These makeup tips will help!

What is ZYRTEC®? You probably don’t have allergies if you aren’t familiar with ZYRTEC®! If you have allergies and haven’t tried it yet, I encourage you to do so. ZYRTEC® is an allergy medication that is used to treat allergy symptoms while providing 24-hour relief of allergy symptoms. Using ZYRTEC® almost makes you forget you’re an allergy sufferer! And ZYRTEC® starts working during the first hour on the first day you take it…basically, you get immediate relief.

If you suffer from ALLERGY FACE - watery eyes, red nose, puffy face - you know how hard it is to wear makeup sometimes. These makeup tips will help!

ALLERGY FACE®

Now let’s talk more about ALLERGY FACE®. ALLERGY FACE® ain’t pretty, and wearing makeup when you exprience watery eyes, a red nose, and a puffy face can be challenging. Your eye makeup slides right off and your face makeup can get rubbed off from all of that nose blowing and itching.

But allergy sufferers can fight ALLERGY FACE®! Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg has created six makeup “looks” perfect for allergy sufferers trying to look their best. The one above called Barest Beauty is my daily makeup ritual. Here’s another one of my favorites:

If you suffer from ALLERGY FACE - watery eyes, red nose, puffy face - you know how hard it is to wear makeup sometimes. These makeup tips will help!

Want to hear Jamie talk more about her tips? Check out this video!

Do you suffer from ALLERGY FACE®? What makeup tips can you share?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®.

photo credit for sneezing lady: sidknee23 via photopin cc

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It’s A #NewAgeInWaterFlossing With The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik. Join me in this #NewAgeinWaterFlossing! You can thank me later.

I’m turning 40 this year…this month actually…and so I have been on a self improvement mission. I promised myself that I would start taking better care of myself both inside and out. This actually started about 6 months ago when I went to the dentist and was once again chided for never flossing. He told me that it was a good thing I use a high-quality electric toothbrush and that it was probably the only thing saving me from having gum issues. So I decided for the first time in my life to start flossing.

I’m gonna be honest: I hate flossing. Or more correctly, I used to hate flossing until I discovered water flossing. Regular flossing is messy, it’s awkward getting the floss all the way in the back of your mouth, and it’s not very comfy either. But water flossing is so simple that I actually look forward to flossing now. When I was given the opportunity to try the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, I jumped at the chance. Something that might make it so that I never have to pick up another piece of string floss again? Well, I’m in!

This review of the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser explains how water flossing will floss your teeth quickly, efficiently, and pain free! #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

What’s so great about the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser? The fact that you really don’t have to do any work to get up to a 50% more effective cleaning than with string floss! It’s clinically proven to improve gum health over regular string flossing, and it’s pain free. No more stabbing yourself in the gums and no more blood! It’s the easy and more effective way to floss.

The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is proven to remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas in 3 seconds. It literally takes just a minute or so to floss all of your teeth using the most advanced water flosser ever. You simply fill up the water reservoir, turn the unit on, and then place the flosser tip in your mouth. Once it’s in your mouth, you switch it from “OFF” to “ON” and let the water flossing begin.

Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser features an On/Off water control on the handle for greater ease of use, as well as two flossing modes – Floss and Massage (you will LOVE the massage!), and it includes a variety of 7 Water Flosser Tips. My favorite feature is the one-minute timer with a 30-second pacer, so there’s no guesswork involved in how long you need to water floss your teeth.

Now it can be messy until you get the hang of it; you have to figure out just how much to keep your mouth open so the water comes out and if you forget to turn off the water flosser before you take it out of your mouth, you’ll have a mess everywhere! But once you get used to it, you’ll never use regular string floss again. I know I never will.

This review of the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser explains how water flossing will floss your teeth quickly, efficiently, and pain free! #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

Tips For Using the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser

1. Make sure not to use cold water in the reservoir. I don’t have sensitive teeth but the one time I used cold water on accident I almost fainted! It wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t pleasant either.

2. Don’t forget to turn the water flosser off before taking it out of your mouth or you will have a mess EVERYWHERE. But it’s just water so it’s easy to clean up.

3. Take your time and make sure to leave the flosser in between your teeth for 3 seconds. You can actually see bits of food in the sink after you water floss. I never saw that with regular flossing.

4. Be prepared to want to water floss more often!

This review of the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser explains how water flossing will floss your teeth quickly, efficiently, and pain free! #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

So now you want to get a water flosser of your own, right? If you are ready for easier and better dental health, head over to get a  Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser for your family and make sure to use the coupon code FREESHIPWP660, which will entitle you to free shipping on any Waterpik product (Valid thru 3/31/14)!

How do you feel about flossing? Do you think you would floss more often if it was as easy and pain free as with the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser? This review of the Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser explains how water flossing will floss your teeth quickly, efficiently, and pain free! #NewAgeInWaterFlossing

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Waterpik.

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I’m Talking About the Big 4-0 At Facing 40!

In March I’m going to be turning the big 4-0. The number isn’t an issue for me – it’s just a number. What I’m having a hard time with is everything that comes with the number: the sagging, the wrinkles, and all the other fun things that go hand-in-hand with aging. So I decided to talk about it.

I’m at one of my favorite blogger’s places talking about changes that come with the big 4-0. My friend Poppy asked me to guest post at her place Facing 40 and of course I couldn’t say no.

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One of the things I’m focusing on right now is my health. Not just trying to get in shape to look great in a bathing suit, but trying to get in shape because it’s the right thing to do. My body needs it…my stress level needs it!

So head over to Poppy’s place to read more. Later this week I’ll be sharing more about this, too. I’m in it for the long haul!

Green Living: Where Do You Draw The Line? How About Washable Tampons?

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Got your attention, didn’t I? Now let me start by saying this: there’s a line to be drawn when it comes to green living, organic living, all natural living…all the livings…and I think that washable tampons might be it.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all about green living. I’ve got a category on my blog devoted to it, I am big on organic gardening and teach the kids how important it is to grow our own fruits, veggies, and herbs. I even regrow green onions, garlic, and celery!

I used washable diapers when Ethan was a baby (didn’t even attempt that with the twins) and washable breast pads when I was breastfeeding.

We hand-me-down the clothes the kids grow out of and donate all the stuff that we outgrow or no longer want. I buy organically where it makes sense. We reuse and recycle regularly. I make my own cleaning products and compost what we can. We paid a ton of money for the solar panels on top of our roof. It even says on my blog’s “About Me” page that I’m “…trying to live a little more green everyday.”

I’m down with the green.

But then I found these little gems on Facebook yesterday:

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Now you want to know more because you read that these are Washable Tampons, right? Weird? Maybe. Smart idea? Kinda, if you are worried about the bleach they use in the cotton they put in the tampons which may lead to cervical cancer. Would I use them? Hell no.

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I know that like me, you so badly want to click on this to read more because it’s just crazy to think about reusing a tampon. So here you go, the link to Washable Tampons. Go ahead, click over. I’ll wait.

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Neopolitian tri-colored washable tampon. This would be my color choice. How long do you really think that white would stay white though, even after washing?

Okay, so now you’re all caught up. What do you think about washable tampons? What color would you chose?

As you can imagine, this led to all sorts of hilarious conversations and shares on Facebook. It also led to me considering purchasing these because I cannot imagine what they must look or feel like. But alas, they were sold out once all the sharing of the post started making the rounds.

Insertion cannot be comfortable. They aren’t smooth and they don’t “glide” like a regular tampon casing does. How do you get them in? Well according to the Etsy post: “They can be inserted with the finger or a disposable lollipop stick available from the craft store, if desired.”

You must also know this: “To stuff the lining you fold the circle in half, over a chopstick, fold in half again, fold in half again and then twist to insert into shell and pull shell down over the insert. Use chopstick to tuck in the loose ends. REMEMBER the tampon is as large as it will get. It will not expand like disposable ones.” Yeah, that whole doesn’t expand thing wouldn’t work for my flow.

And what if you’re out and about? Do you carry a Ziploc to put it in to take home and wash? I just can’t get on board with that.

But I’m not the only one who feels that washable tampons are a bit over the line…just read the Facebook thread. Jokes about “stocking stuffers” and “why aren’t they just done in red.”

One friend in a private Facebook group I’m in said: “My head itches like crazy when I put something knit on it. I can’t imagine how my vagina would feel.”

Another friend said: “The description is killing me. “I finally perfected.” I can’t even begin to think of the vagina irritation and disastrous messes that accompanied the “non perfect” versions. 
Notebook: 
Attempt 1 – Fishing twine is NOT absorbant
Attempt 2 – Fibers shredded from Brawny paper towel are NOT soft
Attempt 3 – Vagina too sore to notice what is being inserted. Success!”

While it’s funny to those of us who are like “HELL NO” to that mess/nonsense, she had many favorable reviews of her product. That’s great! For those of you who are thinking “well maybe…” if you try them out, please let me know what you think.

Look, you can buy all-natural, organic tampons. Seventh Generation organic tampons are great and I’ve also heard that Natracare tampons are great as well. If tampons are all natural and biodegradable, that’s good enough for me.

Where do you stand on washable tampons? Would you use them or stick to the good old throw away kind?