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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: Fox Chapel Publishing Journals #FoxChapelPublishing #WoodstockJournals #HelloAngel #TangleEasy #Journals

 (fox chapel publishing photo courtesy of www.foxchapelpublishing.com)


In this day and age, it is hard to find time for yourself with everything that goes on (social media, work, friends, social life, etc.) to find some downtime and just relax and make time for ourselves to write down some thoughts and journal them. Journaling, what we called in middle and high school "keeping a diary", is a way to condense your thoughts and have them coalesce into one complete space so that they are not cluttered around. 

Fox Chapel Publishing has come out with a line of journals that are perfect for this. Some are artsy and some are spiritual. Others are for the hippie buried inside you. They celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in 2019!!!! Those are the ones I am REALLY excited about. I consider myself to be a 'hippie' essentially and if I had been around in the 1960's I would have attended Woodstock. My favorite music is Classic Rock and all of the players who played at Woodstock (and The Doors too)!!!! There are several journals that feature a mixture of artwork and actual photographs from the event. There are journals that are blank and ones with bullet journaling to lined notebook pages decorated with quotes that will bring the journaler back to the days of flower power. 

Woodstock is more than a legendary music festival. It represents simple living, caring for the environment and loving one another. As Woodstock organizer Michael Lang plans for a possible 50th anniversary concert in 2019, these humanitarian ideals, brought together through excellent music, continue into the present day with Woodstock's ethos: "Woodstock is more than a moment in time. It is about a way of being in the world." Woodstock's sense of style lives on. In Fox Chapel Publishing's new Woodstock-themed journals, lovers, dreamers, artists, and angels are invited to pen their thoughts and dreams in a gorgeous variety of lined, unlined and dot journals. The nine journals feature photographs and illustrations from the greatest festival of all time. 

Other types of journals feature faith-based journals, journals featuring animals with artwork by Robin Pickens, Tangle-Easy lined and guided journals, Hello Angel lined journals and guided journals. There are are also guided devotionals in the faith based journals, scripture journals and prayer devotionals. Some of the journals are ready to color with markers, gel pens, colored pencils or watercolors. Each illustration is accompanied by insightful prompts that will guide you to reflect on what journaling means to you, what faith means to you and what God means to you in the faith-based journals. You will find plenty of lined space to write and opportunities to pray in these finely crafted journals. 

Here are photos of the different journals:

My Prayer Journal $7.99
 Bless This Home Journal $7.99
God All Around Me $7.99

My Faith Journey $14.99
The Beloved Word $7.99

Hello Angel Lined Journal Skates $7.99
Hello Angel Guided Journal Love $7.99

Follow Your Bliss Journal $7.99
Hello Angel Lined Journal Owl $7.99

TangleEasy Guided Journal Mandala $7.99
TangleEasy Guided Journal Dragongly $7.99

TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot $7.99
TangleEasy Lined Journal Elephant $7.99

Woodstock Unlined Journal Flower Power $12.99

Woodstock Unlined American Journal Peace $12.99

Woodstock Unlined Journal Freedom $12.99

Woodstock Unlined Journal Surround Yourself With Love $12.99

Woodstock Lined Journal Tie-Dye Logo $7.99
Woodstock Lined Journal Groovy Way $7.99
Woodstock Lined Artists & Dreamers $7.99

Woodstock Journal Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out $7.99

Woodstock Dot Journal Peace, Love Music $7.99
Woodstock Dot Journal Tribal $7.99

I decided instead of using photos from the site I would take pictures of the journals and show them to you. These journals are exquisite. I have been using one to journal my divorce and thoughts about it and it really helps keep me and my perspective in place. Especially since I cannot afford therapy right now! I love the Woodstock journals. I think these are amazing. The photography and artwork takes me back to the end of the 1960's and makes me feel as if I were there myself. I just put on some Jimi Hendrix and boom I start to write. 

Here I am going to show you some photos of what the journals look like on the inside:

This is the Follow Your Bliss Journal $7.99

This is the Woodstock Lined Journal Groovy Way Journal $7.99

This is the Bless This Home Journal $7.99 
From Woodstock Lined Journal Tie-Dye Logo $7.99
From TangleEasy Lined Journal Elephant $7.99
As you can see, the journals are varied. If you have an interest you are likely to find a journal that fits that interest. Personally, I really love the Woodstock journals and the Hello Angel ones. My kids have shown interest in the Hello Angel and TangelEasy ones. I have a friend who loves the spiritual ones. We all have different tastes but Fox Chapel Publishing has come to our rescue with all kinds of different journals that allow for us to satiate our thirst for journaling with so many varieties. 

Fox Chapel Publishing journals are available online at www.foxchapelpublishing.com and at book stores. Like Fox Chapel Publishing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foxchapelpublishing and Subscribe to Fox Chapel Publishing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FoxChapelVideos

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: JJ Young Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask #JJYoung #PoreGreenTeaMudSheetMask #SheetMask

$5.00 per mask
Okay, so it's after St. Patrick's Day. You've over imbibed. You feel dehydrated, groggy, your face looks and feels like it was run over by a car. I have the perfect antidote. Take two aspirin for the hangover and use this mask: JJ Young Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask

In 20-40 minutes you will have soft glowing skin again. How? With the magic of green tea, kaolin, bentonite, sea silt, gardenia extract, citric acid and camellia sinesis extract (green tea) your skin will not only be slightly exfoliated but your pores will have been decongested and your skin will look better due to the calming effects of the botanical extracts. This mask is perfect for skin that is breaking out, inflamed in need of hangover care, or just in need of good old TLC. It is for all skin types, even sensitive skins. Even acneic skins. 

How to use it: after cleansing and toning skin, break open the pouch. From the separated mask, take the upper portion and remove the clear film, apply the forehead area (film removed side must be applied to face). Apply the bottom side to the face (again, remove clear film and apply film side to face). Both should overlap. Leave on for 20-40 minutes. Once dried, take off mask and gently remove sideways. Rinse face with water to remove residue. Drying time will depend on skin type and temperature of room. Then apply appropriate moisturizer. 

Here is a photo of the mask:

wearing JJ Young Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask
I found this mask to really help clear out my pores. It looks funny wearing it but boy does this mask work!!! It really did clear out my pores because after I got done wearing it I noticed a whitehead had appeared that was not there prior to the mask. It had actually brought it to the surface. And it made my skin feel very soft and helped some redness in my chin area. Overall I think this is a great mask and I will definitely use it again. It is only $5.00 per treatment, which is a steal!

The JJ Young Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask is available from both of these products will be available soon at www.peachandlily.com and at certain CVS stores in the United States. Like Peach and Lily on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeachAndLily/; Follow Peach and Lily on Twitter: @peachandlily; Follow Peach and Lily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jjyoung_usa/ and Follow Peach and Lily on Tumbler: http://peachandlily.tumblr.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Dream Water Beauty Shot #DreamWater #DreamWaterBeautyShot #DreamWaterSleepPowder

(product photos courtesy of www.drinkdreamwater.com)

4 pack/$10.49
12 pack/$27.29
24 pack/$50.39
Sometimes you find that you need a little something that helps you sleep and something to pick you up in the beauty department. You know what I mean...a supplement that gives you lustrous hair, skin and nails. There are certain minerals available to supplements that will do this sort of thing. 

I was lucky enough to test a couple of them out because I too needed a pick me up and something to help my awful insomnia. I have been suffering from insomnia off and on my entire life. It has reared its ugly head again starting in August. I have only been sleeping 3-4 hours a night and needed something that would put me out for the night. 

Dream Water Beauty Shot contains the following:
  • Sodium 55mg
  • Sleep Stat: 150 mg
    • GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric Acid)
    • L 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)
    • Melatonin
  • Bamboo Silica 70% (Bamboo vulgaris) whole plant extract 100 mg
  • Hyaluronic acid 35 mg
  • Biotin 5,000 mcg
  • Choline (as Choline Bitartrate) 10 mg
  • Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 20 mg
  • Juvecol (proprietary proteoglycan) 25 mg
Here is an explanation of the SleepStat ingredients listed above:
GABA can help you relax and reduces anxiety by blocking the transmission of impulses from one cell to another cell in the central nervous system. Melatonin helps to govern the body’s 'internal clock' that regulates your natural cycle of sleeping and waking. 5-HTP, can help promote sleep and relaxation, and it can also improve the quality of sleep by stimulating the production of melatonin in the body.

How does one go about getting better sleep? 
  • Discontinue using caffeine after the morning
  • Keep a regular schedule
  • Avoid alcohol, excessive eating and nicotine before bedtime
  • Avoid daytime naps
  • Finish exercising 2-3 hours before bed
  • Take a hot shower or bath before bed
  • Reduce TV or light exposure before bed'
  • Keep your sleep environment dark and cool
  • Listen to calming music or other soothing sounds
  • Finally, enjoy a Dream Water
I have weird habits. I have to have the TV on for me to be able to go to sleep. Which actually contradicts everything here. But I actually love to have my sleeping area nice and cool. I like to keep warm by having a few blankets and keeping the heat down. In summer I need air conditioning on. Dream Water is perfect for when you are having trouble sleeping, cannot get to sleep at all or are like me and are an insomniac. Normally I do not respond well to Melatonin, but the Dream Water Beauty Shot did the trick for me. I think it was with all of the other ingredients combined into the SleepStat blend. Did you know that 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep? 

This product did put me to sleep though and in record time, it only takes about 30 minutes to work and you are off to dreamland. I am very happy with it. The first time I tasted it, the product had a funny aftertaste but I never noticed it after the first time. I think it was just something I had never tasted before. It tastes pretty good. The product goes down quickly and you end up getting sleep pretty fast. I must say I have never had much luck with melatonin until this.

Dream Water Beauty Shot is not only for sleep. It has ingredients that help your hair, skin and nails too. This is why I love it. The Biotin, Bamboo Silica, Hyaluronic Acid, Choline, Vitamin C and Juvecol are all ingredients that help make you look terrific. Biotin helps the hair and nails grow while making the skin shed its cells quicker so that it looks younger. It does not however make the nails harder. I have very soft nails and have taken Biotin many times and have never seen results that show it hardens nails. Bamboo silica helps maintain the integrity and health of the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant that pulls moisture into the skin, and it actually holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. Choline is one of the B vitamins and many people are often deficient in it. It helps with cell structure and therefore can help keep wrinkles at bay and in forming collagen. Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbic Acid is the best form of Vitamin C and is great for skin structure and in forming collagen. Juvecol helps to make connective tissue such as collagen and elastin. The reason you want to make collagen and also elastin is because that is the actual structure of the skin. When you lose collagen and also elastin, you lose the structure of the skin and it becomes wrinkled and saggy. All of these ingredients combined with the sleep ingredients makes for one great 0-Calorie Sleep Shot!

5 pack/$6.99
10 pack/$10.49
30 pack/$24.49

Also available are little packets of powder with just the essential SleepStat proprietary blend. They are called Dream Water Sleep Powder packets. You do not need water to take them, although I do think water is needed because the powder is kind of dry and it helps get it down. But they taste fabulous. These packets have about 10 calories to them because they contain fructose and dextrose. I like them and have just as good luck getting to sleep with these as I do with the Dream Water Beaut Shot bottles. I prefer the other though because I get the added beauty benefits.  

These are definitely something you should look into if you are having trouble sleeping or even if you are not but want to look better on the outside and just have a little bit of trouble going to sleep. I definitely noticed benefits to the addition of the beauty supplement. 

Here is what I look like after a month of using the supplement:

after 1 month of using supplement
Dream Water Beauty Shot can be purchased online at www.drinkdreamwater.com. Like Dream Water Beauty Shot on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dreamwater?aitrk=ddw-search; Follow Dream Water Beauty Shot on Twitter: @dreamwater and Follow Dream Water Beauty Shot on Instagram: http://instagram.com/dreamwater?aitrk=ddw-search

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Alterna Caviar Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner and Blowout Butter #Alterna #Caviar #AntiFrizz #Shampoo #Conditioner #BlowoutButter

(product photos courtesy of www.alternahaircare.com)

This collection is for anyone who has hair that is like mine, frizzy, lacking moisture, etc. I tried three products in the five product range. The shampoo, conditioner and blowout butter. I have always been a huge fan of Alterna products as I find them to be well worth the money that one pays for them. 

8.5 fl.oz./250mL $34.00
This frizz-controlling luxe shampoo gently cleanses the hair while controlling level of moisture in the hair. Hair is left smooth with over 80% less frizz for up to 72 hours*. To use: apply to hair, massage through hair, shampoo and rinse. Repeat if necessary. (*Based on a clinical study with use of Caviar Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner and Blowout Butter)

This shampoo leaves the hair feeling soft, not dry and tangled as most shampoos do for me. I find this shampoo to be easy lathering. It is however, sulfate-free.

8.5 fl.oz./250mL $34.00
This conditioner is a frizz-controlling conditioner that nourishes, conditions and helps block humidity, leaving hair soft, smooth and tangle free with over 80% less frizz for up to 72 hours*. (*Based on a clinical study, with use of CAVIAR Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner & Blowout Butter) To use, massage throughout wet hair and rinse. No need to leave on for a few minutes. 
After using the shampoo and conditioner together, my hair was definitely much better than it normally is. I love how much better it feels: soft, smooth, so much less frizz. And that did last for three days as listed above. It also detangles hair making it easy to comb and brush. The problem with hair that is dry and lacks moisture is that it gets tangled easily too. After using the conditioner and shampoo together that problem is almost completely solved. 
5.0 fl.oz./147mL $34.00
This is a lightweight, melting cream-to-oil "butter" that helps to provide 72 hours of humidity protection,* thermal protection up to 450°F and a reduction in blow drying time by 40%,** for smooth and shiny hair frizz-free hair. To use, emulsify some in the palm of your hand to transform product from cream-to-oil and apply to hair. Apply evenly throughout damp hair before blow drying. (*Based on a clinical study, with use of CAVIAR Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner & Blowout Butter**Based on a clinical study vs. untreated hair)
When used in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner, the Blowout Butter is just amazing. This stuff is a marvelous product. First, I love how it transforms from a cream to an oil. Second I love how it makes hair silky and shiny in minutes and third it gets rid of frizz. Not only that but hair drying time is like nothing now. I have a ton of hair and using this stuff makes my hair drying time down to just about 5 minutes. Alterna really does make the best hair care items. I love their styling products and shampoos/conditioners. 
The Alterna Caviar Anti-Frizz line is available through www.alternahaircare.com, www.ulta.com, www.sephora.com and fine salons throughout the country. Like Alterna on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AlternaHaircare  Follow Alterna on Twitter: @alternahaircare; Follow Alterna on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/alternahaircare; Follow Alterna on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/alternahaircare and Subscribe to Alterna on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/alternahaircare.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
(These items were sent for consideration)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé #DesertHarvest #AloeVeraGele

(product photo courtesy of www.desertharvest.com)

4 fl.oz./125mL $17.00
A couple of months ago I wrote a review about Desert Harvest Aloe Vera capsules. People went nuts for that review (http://bit.ly/2DoPB8N). I also wanted to do the review for their Aloe Vera Gelé but I moved and it took me a while to get settled. This product is made with 80% pure aloe vera concentrate and is a soothing, cold-processed gel formulated to relieve minor skin irritations. It contains all of the anti-inflammatory, pain relieving and healing properties of the aloe vera plant in a very high concentration. Desert Harvest Aloe Vera Gelé contains the most therapeutic levels of aloe vera possible in a 100% Natural topical application and contains doe not contain any parabens, sulfates, GMOs, petroleum, silicones, etc. Can be used for the following: as a soothing topical treatment for vulvodynia (even better when it is refrigerated), on the external urethra when it is irritated by urinary frequency, on sunburns, windburn, kitchen burns, skin rashes, chapped hands, insect bites and under makeup to improve the condition of the skin of the face and neck. 

Use a pea-sized dab and rub it into the skin wherever it is irritated. A good medium for ultrasound. You can keep it in the refrigerator and apply the Gelé cold to minor burns or to relieve swelling and redness anywhere on the body. It  does not have to be refrigerated. Apply as often as desired. 

I have used aloe for years as a treatment for burns and inflammation. It is my number one go to resource for burns. This product works extremely well for irritation, inflammation and burns. It doesn't matter if it is vaginal, on other areas of the body or the face. Aloe is the only ingredient in nature that has the extreme healing powers for extreme burns, irritation or inflammation. It works quickly and efficiently. My daughter has an issue with urethritis and this works well for her. It helps ease the pain. I have tried this on a rash I had on my neck that was bothering me and it cleared it right up. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Review: ONC Quinoaplex R3 Rapid Hair Renewal #ONC #QuinoaplexR3 #RapidHairRenewal

(product photo courtesy of www.quinoaplex.com)

4 fl.oz./125mL $54.99
ONC Quinoaplex R3 is an organic based bond builder and protein conditioner that binds moisturizes and nourishes hair with natural quinoa protein. It helps to restore even the most damaged hair giving it volume, strength and protection. This product improves color retention and color vibrancy. It is made with certified organic ingredients and it rebuilds hair damaged during chemical color treatments or the bleaching process. It is perfect for all hair types. Use before coloring or bleaching hair to reduce breakage and slow hair thinning (in men and women). Quinoa has been shown to reduce damage by up to 32%; to make hair up to 51% shinier, smoother, stronger, make hair more manageable and more visibly glossier and more vibrant guaranteed. 

This product is an organic based bond builder and protein conditioner. Developed for professional use, quinoa protein and the protein composition of hair and nails are almost identical. So when the proteins come together they immediately bond, making the hair stronger, and rebuilding it naturally. It doesn't leave a plastic like film on the hair, it prevents and rebuilds split-ends and improves strength. Ideal for thin, thinning, or bleach damaged hair; slows hair loss. Increases elasticity and manageability. It refreshes scalp activating circulation and provides oil reduction. This product also replenishes amino acids and restores vitamins to hair after highlights and balayage. Creates sleekness and brightness keeping true color longer (when used before coloring). It also builds volume for easier styling and increases gloss for healthier looking hair.

This product helps guard from exposure to and protects against chemical color and bleaching of hair. It also protects hair against heat styling and over processing and/or washing; hair breakage, thinning hair in men or women; it protects hair against the UV rays of the sun; also protects against salt water and chlorine and drying wind, city pollution. The certified organic ingredients including quinoa protein and aloe-vera help to accomplish all of this. This product is free from silicone, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, DEA, gluten, GMOs, toxins and any aldehydes. It is also hypoallerginc and suitable for asthmatics. This product has not been tested on animals and does not contain any animal derived ingredients. 

ONC Qunioaplex R3 may be used as a single step 3-in-1 tool or service for a scalp treatment, oil reduction; rejuvenation to reduce damage; pre-color, color, color-correction, balayage or bleaching; curl definition, perming, perm neutralization, post relaxer and post perm conditioner; keratin treatment or cutting lotion. It can be used with hot tools. Or with ethnic hair care. It can also be used as a stand alone treatment.  

To use: shampoo hair and towel dry. Spray into hair and massage to product a lather. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse until removed and apply conditioner. You will find hair is better protected for coloring services and or bleaching services. 

I used it before I colored my hair last time and my color turned out brighter than ever before. I am very happy about that. I have red hair and use at home color but love the way my hair turned out. I think it had less damage than usual too. Usually I have more tangles and it is very dry. This time I felt my hair was softer and more manageable. This is how my hair looked after I colored it:

ONC Qunioaplex R3 retails for $54.99 per 4 fl.oz./125mL bottle. Like ONC Quinoaplex R3 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Quinoaplex-R3-151516468525522/; Follow ONC Quinoaplex R3 on Twitter: @quinoaplexr3; Follow ONC Quinoaplex R3 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quinoaplexr3/and Subscribe to ONC Quinoaplex R3 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZb3PpH3Avypj5wx32Ky1yQ.

Until Next Time~

(This was sent for consideration)

Review: Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn #Popcornopolis #NearlyNakedPopcorn

(product photo courtesy of www.popcornopolis.com)

14 oz./397g $5.39 per bag
Do you like popcorn? Well of course you do! Just about everyone LOVES popcorn. Why? Because it is America's favorite movie time snack. Not to mention any time snack. I have the perfect popcorn for you. It is Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn. If you want perfectly popped popcorn with just the right amount of salt and none of the artificial butter taste, this is the right place for you. 

Popcornopolis takes the fines popcorn kernels and pops them up, mixes them with coconut oil and sea salt to blend together and make the tastiest popcorn I have ever come across. The popcorn is certified USDA organic and is only 38 calories per cup. How awesome is that? It makes a great snack for kids and adults alike! Also, it is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. There are no preservatives in the popcorn, only the delicious flavor. It is all natural, gluten-free, non GMO, whole grain and each bag has a nine month shelf life. I truly attest that it is absolutely delicious popcorn. 

One of the best things I like about this popcorn is that it has smaller kernels that are all popped and they don't have many of the little kernels that get stuck in my teeth like other brands. I consider this to be a sign of better corn than other brands. I also like that they use coconut oil, which has a better flavor than other oils, it tastes very nice when combined with the sea salt. It really has a buttery flavor to it. The popcorn isn't greasy when you eat it either, which is really nice too. 

Now that I am aware of this brand and that it can be ordered online, I am going to order different flavors of it and different sizes of the bags to try out. I like that it comes in a giant bag too. I am going to show you a photo below of the bag that it comes in, which is HUGE. I took this on my sofa, and it is sitting upright on my sofa. I don't think you can really get a good picture in your head of just how large this bag is. I have already eaten most of the bag, this popcorn is so good. 

14 oz./397g bag
It comes in 15 different flavors when you buy it online at www.popcornopolis.com. Some of the flavors are: Cinnamon Toast, Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Strawberries n' Cream, Cheddar Cheese and Cupcake to name but a few. The popcorn can be purchased at Publix, Safeway, Caesars Entertainment, Gelson's Supermarket, Bristol Farms and also Costco. But right now it is featured at Costco for $5.39 a bag and that is for the 14 oz./297 g bags. From April 19th to May 13 2018 the promo price will be $3.49 a bag! I urge you to get over to Costco as soon as possible to get some Popcornopolis popcorn and try it now. You will not regret it. In fact, you will thank me for it. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

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