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Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: Viviscal Hair Growth Program #Viviscal #HairGrowthProgram

(product photo courtesy of www.viviscal.com)

60 Tablets/$49.99
180 tablets/$119.97
Do you have issues with slow growing hair? Is your hair thinning? Would you love more body and volume to your hair? I think I have something you would definitely love. I have been taking Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Program for the last month and I have definitely seen results. My hair is normally very thick and lustrous but had been thinning due to stress so I decided to pick it up a little with a hair growth program. 

Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Program is a little different than most other ones. Yes, it contains biotin but it also contains other ingredients that make help nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth from within. What usually interrupts hair growth are things like: everyday stress, hormonal changes, poor nutrition, age, menopause, post-pregnancy, heredity, medication and damage caused by the environment and even over-styling can impact the health of your hair and lead to breakage and excess shedding. It is important to ensure that the hair and scalp are healthy, conditioned and nourished to maintain the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. 

At Viviscal, they understand hair. The Viviscal Hair Growth and Hair Care Programs provide a variety of ways to nourish hair from the inside out, and the outside in. Their dietary supplements supply vital nutrients to the hair follicle to prolong the anagen (growing) phase of the hair growth cycle, nourishing thinning hair and promoting hair growth. Viviscal Extra Strength has been scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth. Healthy hair starts from within. If your diet lacks specific nutrients, including vitamins, minerals or protein, it can affect the condition and strength of your hair. Their dietary supplements contain the following vitamins and minerals:
  • Vitamin C 59 mg 65% DV
  • Niacin (Niacinamide) 12 mg 75% DV
  • Biotin 120 mcg 400% DV
  • Calcium 60 mg 5% DV
  • Iron (from Ferrous Fumarate) 10 mg 56% DV
  • Zinc (from Zinc Oxide) 11 mg 100% DV
  • AminoMar Marine Complex 450 mg
    • Shark Cartilage
    • Oyster Extract Powder
  • Horsetail (stem) Extract 36.7 mg
  • Millet Seed Extract 7.5mg
DV=Daily Value

If you use these supplements as part of the complete Viviscal range, which is part of a unique two-dimensional hair care system that fuses the best of both worlds, then your hair will grow not only from the inside out but will look gorgeous from the outside too. Use the scientifically formulated supplements to make it grow from the inside out. Have gorgeous hair on the outside with Densifying Elixir, Densifying Shampoo and Densifying Conditioner. Even provide instant coverage for thicker looking hair with Conceal & Densify Volumizing Fibers. The system is 100% drug free. It contains some of the best ingredients available. This system is the number one selling hair growth supplement in the United States*, it is surgery free and easy to use. Scientifically proven to improve hair thickness and reduce shedding within 3-6 months**. 93% of customers would recommend Viviscal Extra Strength to a friend***. (*Based on IRI data in Food Drug Mass category for 52 weeks ending Jan. 26, 2014; **Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Carrollton, TX (2012); ***U.S. Viviscal Customer Survey 2011)

Here is my hair after using the program:

hair after using Viviscal Hair Growth Program for one month

I found the program to be very beneficial to my hair. I noticed that in this month, between the time I colored my hair, to the time I needed to color it again, it was about three weeks instead of four, which is a HUGE difference for me. Usually I can get away with four to five weeks of waiting to color my roots (I have light brown/dark blonde hair that I color red), and it is definitely time to color again after only three weeks. That means that my hair grew proportionately more than usual. It also feels thicker and there is less hair shedding than there was before i started using this program. To me this is a big deal because I feel as if my hair was falling out a lot before. That was due to stress and hormones. I would recommend this product if you are having issues with your hair such as thinning, growth problems, etc. I noticed results in a little as 4 weeks. The company says to notice results in 3 months. I think 4 weeks is something pretty good then. 

Viviscal Hair Growth Program can be purchased online at www.viviscal.com. Like Viviscal on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Viviscal; Follow Viviscal on Twitter: @Viviscal_US; Follow Viviscal on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/viviscal/; Follow Viviscal on Instagram: http://instagram.com/viviscal; Follow Viviscal on Google+: https://plus.google.com/114660316394006374406 and Subscribe to Viviscal on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/USLifes2good

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This item was sent for consideration)

Review: SINGLE GIRL PROBLEMS: Why Being Single Isn't A Problem To Be Solved By Andrea Bain #SingleGirlProblems

(product photo courtesy of www.amazon.com)

Single Girl Problems: Why Being Single Isn't A Problem To Be Solved 
by Andrea Bain
$16.99/£11.99 paperback
This is my first book review. I am extremely excited to write a book review, especially about the topic of being single. Why? Because I recently got divorced and I am now single for the first time in 25 years!!! It is a very scary prospect to be newly single after 25 years of marriage. I thought I would be with my husband for the rest of my life. Then one week after our anniversary he tells me he wants a divorce. Not "can we work on our marriage", he wants a DIVORCE. I admit I had suspected he was going to want one and I knew he wasn't happy but I thought we could work on our marriage with counseling. but I guess that wasn't in the cards. My first thoughts were anger, then sadness. I dreaded being SINGLE again. And do you know why? Because that meant being alone. 

But why does everyone dread being single? Let's look at that with this book. Single Girl Problems: Why Being Single Isn't A Problem To Be Solved, written by Andrea Bain, who is an expert on relationships, and is one of the co-hosts of the CBC talk daytime talk show The Goods and she has hosted a number of national lifestyle shows. She has a degree in sociology and broadcast journalism. Andrea has interviewed dozens of Hollywood heavyweights, including Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese and Oprah. She wrote this book to let single women know that hey, it is okay to be single and it is not the end of the world. Currently she lives in Toronto, where she is happily...single. Her goal is to change the narrative for single women. Let them know it's okay to be single and that there is nothing wrong with single life. For some reason our society criminalizes the single woman, making us feel like we are problematic because we are single. "You are 35 and not married? What is wrong with you?", people say. One of the first things she writes is being "single is not a failure." And "nobody will love you as much as you do. If you don't love yourself, how are you going to give love to someone else? Get to know yourself instead of waiting for some magical person to walk into your life and make you more adventurous, richer, nicer, smarter, sexier or more relaxed in your own skin." Also, "no matter how cute a guy is, don't ever let him mistreat you or make you feel inferior." These are definitely sage words of advice. I let my ex-husband mistreat me all the time. And he shouldn't have. I let him.  

One of the big myths she tackles in her book is that being single sucks. It doesn't actually. It can be rather fun. But the media depict single women as if our lives suck and married life is where happiness lies. But we all know the truth. We make our own happiness. We are also not supposed to flaunt our single status. If we date more men than we should we are whores. If we don't date anyone we are wallflowers. There isn't a happy medium. 

Many people still always ask a single woman, "When are you going to get married and have children?" That is, according to Ms. Bain, the quickest way to ruin a single woman's mood and put her into despair. It is just bad decorum. When you turn 30 everyone is always interested in your dating life and setting you up she notes. If you are not with someone you must be gay. Certain industries even propagate the notion that you have to be rescued by a handsome prince and whisked away to be married to be happy. You know who they are. 

One of the best things about this book are the Dating Horror Stories that pop up through every once in a while. She offers advice on should you sleep with a man on the first date or wait three months to give him the truth test, as advised by Steve Harvey. There are even questions you should ask yourself before heading back out into the dating world. 

The big chapter I was interested in was online dating. That is the biggest thing these days. With the advent of swiping right or left, everyone seems to be into online dating. I am suddenly into online dating too. Her advice is that it works but you may not meet the man of your dreams online. I have been online for a couple of weeks now and I can see her point. But there are good points to online dating. I have met some great guys too. 

The one thing that struck me as the saddest thing about her book was that women over 60 have the hardest time finding potential dating partners. Men over 50 want women who are all in their 40's or younger. So women over 60 are left on the dating highway just cruising along and they have no off ramp. But Ms. Bain, in her effervescent voice, puts it like this. If a guy is chasing a woman half his age, you don't want him anyway. He has issues. 

She also discusses things like being single for the holidays, how not to let it ruin your holiday; how to be single for the New Year and advice on how to get your money in check because that is often something that women do not keep track of (that's me over here!!!). Finally, she finishes up with advice from her heroine Chelsea Handler. I can definitely see that as I love Cheslea Handler too. She is an amazing woman and comedian. One that has said I am single and I love it. 

This is a great book. I was a little worried it was going to be a snooze fest but I was pleasantly surprised. Single Girl Problems: Why Being Single Isn't A Problem To Be Solved is  an uplifting look at how you can make life as a single woman wonderful. In it she discusses the dread, the loneliness, and what to do about it. I really got a lot out of the book and it made me feel better about my new life ahead of me. I have friends, my immediate family and there will be boyfriends along the way. Heck, there might even be love along the way. 

So how am I doing about my divorce? To this day 8 months later our divorce is just about final and I have moved out into my own place because I needed a smaller place (I am disabled) and honestly I needed to be out of the toxic environment that was my house. Do you know what? I feel great. My insomnia is better. And I am HAPPY. That is the best thing ever. In the last 10 years I have not been happy. 

Single Girl Problems: Why Being Single Isn't A Problem To Be Solved is available wherever books are sold. It is $16.99.  

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner #Maybelline #Eyestudio #LastingDramaWaterproofGelPencilEyeliner

(product photo courtesy of www.ulta.com)

What do you look for in an eyeliner? I usually look for staying power, good pigmentation, ease of use and that is about it. I have been trying a new pencil gel eyeliner lately from Maybelline called Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner

This is a great eyeliner because it is waterproof, yay!!! Not only is it waterproof it is a gel eyeliner, so it goes on easily, like silk and delivers all-day long, long-lasting intense color for dramatic eye looks. It is smudge-resistant and glides on effortlessly for impactful definition. This eyeliner has been ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested, and allergy tested. It is even suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers!!! It comes in 10 shades: Sleek Onyx, Smooth Charcoal, Glazed Toffee, Lustrous Sapphire, Cashmere White, Polished Amethyst, Glossy Emerald, Silken Turquoise, Striking Copper and Soft Nude. 

To use: glide the gel liner along the lash line from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye. Repeat along the bottom lash line as desired. Eyeliner is easily removed with Maybelline Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover. 

Here is a swatch of the color I tried, Sleek Onyx:

above: swatch of Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Sleek Onyx

Here is a photo of me wearing the eyeliner: 

above: me wearing Sleek Onyx Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner
I am very happy with this eyeliner, for a pencil eyeliner. I actually would like to purchase other colors. Especially the turquoise color. And the copper color. I must really like a product if I am willing to go out and purchase more of something!

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Eyeliner is available at mass market locations including such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS/Pharmacy and www.ulta.com and Ulta Beauty locations. Like Maybelline on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Twitter: @Maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/Maybelline/; Follow Maybelline on Instagram:http://instagram.com/maybelline# and Follow Maybelline on Tumblr:http://maybelline.tumblr.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These products were sent for consideration)

Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallic #Maybelline #ColorSensational #MatteMetallic #lipstick

(product photo courtesy of www.maybelline.com)

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipstick in über chic, über fashionable shades. These gorgeous lipstick shades will have you reaching for one of the colors almost daily. I can't keep my hands off of these they are so beautiful. I love how metallic they are but have the matte component to them. From Hot Lava and Copper Spark to Gunmetal and Silk Stone, get the matte metallic look with Maybelline’s new supremely sensational, highly pigmented, matte metallic lipstick. It comes in 10 super-saturated shades. Take one swipe to get powerhouse color that lasts for hours.

Here are the shades as they look on my mouth without any lipliner underneath. I thought it would be best to show you this way, so you can see how they look on. I tried on each shade and then took a photo. 

above: wearing Hot Lava

above: wearing Pure Gold

above: wearing Silk Stone

above: wearing White Gold
above: wearing Copper Spark

above: wearing Molten Bronze

above: wearing Serpentine

above: wearing Smoked Silver
above: wearing Copper Rose

above: wearing Gunmetal
Here are some swatches of all of the lipsticks:

above, left to right: White Gold, Pure Gold, Silk Stone, Molten Bronze, Hot Lava, Smoked Silver, Copper Spark, Serpentine, Gunmetal and Copper Rose. 
I would also like to show you some photos of me wearing the lipsticks in some of my looks:

above: wearing Silk Stone with clear gloss on top

above: wearing a mixture of Pure Gold and White Gold inside

above: wearing Copper Rose

above: wearing Pure Gold

above: wearing White Gold

above: wearing Copper Spark
Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipstick is available at mass market locations including such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS/Pharmacy and www.ulta.com and Ulta Beauty locations. Like Maybelline on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Twitter: @Maybelline; Follow Maybelline on Pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/Maybelline/; Follow Maybelline on Instagram:http://instagram.com/maybelline# and Follow Maybelline on Tumblr:http://maybelline.tumblr.com/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These products were sent for consideration)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: HairRx Professional Frizz-Taming Shampoo, Conditioner & Nourishing Oil #HairRx #ProfessionalFrizzTaming #Shampoo #Conditioner #NourishingOil

(product photos courtesy of www.hairrx.com)

10 fl.oz./295mL $15.00 each or two for $24.00

I was lucky enough to get to try out QVC's newest item, Hair Rx Frizz-Taming Shampoo & Conditioner. I have always had a problem with frizzy hair. Frizzy hair has to do with the amount of moisture your hair has. The frizz-taming shampoo is an advanced ultra-nourishing shampoo that has been specifically formulated to tame frizz and flyaways, it also enhances body and adds moisture and shine. It is good for color treated hair, as it helps keep the color in the hair. You can pick the scent, I picked jasmine. It is sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free. The shampoo provides a rich, nice lather if that is what you want. You can tell the quiz that you want a luxurious lather or a soft, not so luxurious lather. To use: massage into scalp on wet hair, lather and rinse. 

The conditioner is very rich and wonderful for the hair. It is also meant to help frizzy hair. This conditioner is a powerful, ultra-rich conditioner for frizzy, flyaway hair. It is enriched with active ingredients to provide immediate control and nourishes from within to smooth and control frizz. To use, apply to freshly washed hair and concentrate on the ends mainly. I also got it in jasmine, which smells absolutely divine. Let it sit on the hair for 1-2 minutes. Rinse well. This conditioner is also good for color treated hair and is sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free. 
I liked how both products worked for my hair. They smelled so good. I love the added jasmine scent. To me it was worth it for that alone. I love the addition of a scent that I like because for one thing, I know men love to smell women's hair a lot. They just do. It makes us more attractive to them. And second, I like to have hair that is not frizzy for another thing. That is a big deal to me. Lately I have been lucking out that I have been getting all of the good products that actually work. These work. My hair was actually not frizzy after I used these products. Yay! I would definitely order this for myself. 

Hair Rx Nourishing Oil
3.4 fl.oz./100mL $22.00
Do you wish you could discover an oasis for your hair? The Hair Rx Nourishing Oil will do the trick. It revitalizes thirsty hair. Plus it helps fight the frizz and restores damages hair by adding moisture and weightless shine. Your hair will thank you for it, believe me. Just apply a small amount to the middle of your hair strands to the ends of your hair. it's best to use right after shampooing on slightly damp hair. Can also be used on dry hair to add shine. 

I used this and loved how well it made my hair look. It added shine, took away any of the last vestiges of friziness and smoothed my hair down that it looked and felt beautiful. After my hair wad dry I added a little bit more to add some more shine. This oil has some silicones in it but it is not that heavy on the hair. It also has lots of natural botanical extracts in it that work very well on the hair. 

HairRx can be purchased online at www.hairrx.com or online at www.qvc.com. Like HairRx on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HairRXusa-634767363365631/; Follow HairRx on Twitter: @HairRX_usa; Follow HairRx on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hairrxusa/; Follow HairRx on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hairrxusa/ and Subscribe to HairRx on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVB4J-ncIXWc3V8Srx_F34w/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration)

Mother's Day Gift Guide: FarmHouse Fresh Mighty Tingly Turmeric & Banana Tightening Mask #MothersDayGiftGuide #FarmhouseFresh #MightyTingly #TurmericandBananaTighteningMask #Mask

(product photo courtesy of www.farmhousefreshgoods.com)

3.2 oz./94.6mL $30.00
If your skin needs a pick me up, I have just the thing. This mask, called the Mighty Tingly Turmeric & Banana Tightening Mask + Active Echinacea made with anti-oxidant rich bananas, turmeric and active echinacea, will tighten the skin, add radiance, defend against wrinkles and well, although it smells good enough to, you cannot bake it! Feel tight, tingly and radiant with this anti-oxidant rich blend of turmeric, fresh bananas and New York grown echinacea extract full of active compounds that nourish skin. One large whiff of this mask may send you straight to the beach but this little pot of perfection isn't taking the day off, no. The tightening and line-diminishing effect is very noticeable. 

And the tingle. Did I mention the tingle? Oooo....ahhh....currently at FarmHouse Fresh they are obsessing over this combination of treatment. Sand Your Ground exfoliation, Mighty Tighty Mask and Three Milk Night cream. I've tried the first two and they work really well. I am sure the night cream works well too. This mask is for all skin types except for sensitive skins. They could not handle the tingle and might have a reaction. 

This mask is better for dull, aging and uneven skin tones. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, while banana pulp and banana peel are rich in bioactive compounds including antioxidants, provitamin A, carotenoids and phenolics that help skin with healthy growth, repair, and protection. It also contains echinacea purpurea extract, which helps reduce the look of wrinkles and sagging. Turmerones, found in turmeric oil that is extracted from the roots of turmeric, contain significant amounts of antioxidants that fight free radical damage. This 98%-natural, vegan mask featuring a phthalate-free, all-natural fragrance, and contains 3 different clays (Illite, Bentonite and Kaolin), which together pull impurities, toxins and excess sebaceous oils from the skin’s surface, helping to purify and detoxify. Like all FarmHouse Fresh products, it is free of parabens and sulfates. 

The best way to use the mask it to apply to cleansed skin, let sit until dry. Then rinse off with a warm washcloth. There should be enough in the jar for 14-16 uses. 

I adore this mask. I used it on a day that my skin could really use a pick me up. And boy did it pick up my skin. It gave it life and radiance again. I love what it did to my skin. It made it look and feel amazing. I just love this mask!!! I thought this mask would make an awesome Mother's Day Gift Idea. That is why it is going on my official Mother's Day Gift Guide. Purchase this for your mother and she will thank you with lots of pancakes, roasts and love. 

Farmhouse Fresh products can be purchased online at www.farmhousefreshgoods.com. They have many, many gift choices on their website. Like Farmhouse Fresh on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/farmhousefresh; Follow Farmhouse Fresh on Twitter: @farmhousefresh; Follow Farmhouse Fresh on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/farmhousefresh1/ and Follow Farmhouse Fresh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farmhousefresh/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These were sent for consideration)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Urban Decay SIN Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighter + Blush Palette #UrbanDecay #UD #UrbanDecayComsetics #sampleproductreceived #Afterglow8HourUDSinPalette #SinPalette

(oroduct photo courtesy of www.urbandecay.com)

NET WT. 6 x 0.14 oz/6 X 4.0 g $39.00

The Sin Afterglow Palette for Urban Decay is special because it holds three different types of beauty thought: contouring, blush and highlighting all brought out by this six-pan palette that contains three shades of highlighter and three blushes in their legendary Afterglow formula, inspired by the bestselling Afterglow shade Sin. There are three new shades and three cult favorites. Use them individually or cocktail them to create your own custom effects. The lightweight, finely milled formula feels super soft, blends easily and lasts 8 hours. Getting ready for an especially late, oh so sin-filled night? With a little of this long-wearing blush and highlighter, you’re good to go until dawn. Enter the Sin Afterglow Face Palette...

When Urban Decay launched Afterglow Blush and, subsequently, Afterglow Highlighter, they both quickly racked up a solid five-star rating on many blogger's websites. Small enough to slip into your bag, the new Sin Afterglow Palette features highlighter AND blush. Organized the shades by product—blush shades in the top row, highlighter shades in the bottom row. One blush shade (Kiss Off) and two highlighter shades (PSA and Spotlight) are new; the other three shades are holy-grail shades from their existing lineup. These ultra-versatile shades look great on any skin tone. They took the time to finely mill the right balance of coated powders and pigments to create Afterglow’s lightweight (yet luxurious) feel and super-soft, creamy texture. Plus, the formula features light-diffusing pigments to enhance and perfect the skin.

The pretty-but-edgy case is hot pink with dark purple roses. A magnetic closure keeps the palette closed in your bag to prevent makeup mishaps. 

The colors that come in the palette are as follows::
KISS OFF (soft rose-pink)
SCORE (medium pink-peach with a touch of shimmer)
PARANOID (medium bronze with gold shimmer)
PSA (bronzy rose-gold)
SPOTLIGHT (light peach with gold shimmer)
SIN (pale nude shimmer with gold shift)

Here are swatches of the shades:

The swatches above are show in the order: top left to right PSA, Spotlight, Sin, the Bottom Left To Right: Kiss Off, Score and Paranoid You can tell the bottom row is the highlighting row. 

Here are pictures of me wearing the shades:

Here I am wearing Score and Skin with a little PSA underneath
Here I am wearing Kiss Off and Paranoid
Here I am wearing Score, Spotlight and PSA
Here I am wearing Paranoid and Sin with a little Kiss Off

They are all beautiful and gorgeous! I love all of the shades. My favorite thing is how pigmented they are. You get a lot of pigment from the all of the colors. My facorite color is Score. It's a nice pink with gold shimmer. For me this is going to make a fun all year 'round palette that I will get to use all the time. I just adore it. It goes with anything and everything. 

Urban Decay Sin Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighter + Blush Palette retails for $39.00. It can be purchased online at www.urbandecay.com, and Urban Decay Flagship stores. Eventually it should be available in www.sephora.com, www.ulta.com and SEPHORA and Ulta Beauty stores as well as some Macy's counters.  Like Urban Decay on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/urbandecaycosmetics; Follow Urban Decay on Twitter: @urbandecay; Follow Urban Decay on Tumblr: http://urbandecay.tumblr.com/; Follow Urban Decay on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/urbandecay/; Follow Urban Decay on Instagram: https://instagram.com/urbandecaycosmetics/; Subscribe to Urban Decay on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/UrbanDecayYT, get on to Snapchat with Urban Decay by @UrbanDecaySnaps

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These products were provided by Urban Decay) 


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