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NEW Skin Healing Masks from Arbonne

 

I am not one to wear a lot of make up, but I feel the need to put on “my face” whenever I leave the house. If I’m just running a few quick errands I’ll go without any make up on. But if I am going to work our someplace a bit more “populated” (mall, ballpark, movies…) I’ll make sure my make up is on.

The reason why I am not a huge fan of a lot of make up is that I don’t like the way it makes my skin feel. I don’t like feeling “heavy” or like there is something resting on top of my skin. I prefer the feeling of fresh, clean skin – the way your face feels when you step out of the shower.

When I am not wearing make up I like to take care of my skin. The older I get the more little “imperfections” I am noticing. I also notice that my skin is not as bright and healthy looking as it once was. It seems more washed out and dull.

Recently I was sent some face masks from Arbonne to try out. I am a fan of beauty products, especially anything that can help to restore my skin to the way it was (subtle, glowing, smooth…). I am also a fan of the Arbonne brand. I’ve used a few of their products over the years and I have always been pleased with them.

I was sent the following products to review.

NEW! Arbonne Rescue & Renew Detox Mask

This creamy French pink clay formula cleanses to draw out impurities from the skin’s surface like a magnet, resulting in smaller-looking pores. Utilizing an oil-pulling technology with 5 self-neutralizing acids to help clarify and brighten skin’s appearance, the mask transitions from wet to dry to visibly show where excess sebum is drawn out. Balanced out with hydrating rosemary oil so your skin is never stripped of moisture.

I like that this mask dries to let you know when it’s time to remove it.

I have found that my skin feels less greasy/oily when using this mask. Since I don’t wear a lot of make up during the summer months, and it’s always hot, my skin tends to get oily – more so than other times of the years. I am finding less oil in my “T-Zone” (forehead, nose, chin) when I use this mask.

My skin can be sensitive at times too and I have not had any issues using this mask after the first few times. The first few times my face felt tingly and it was a bit red, but the more I used it the more I grew accustomed to it. Now it’s not a problem anymore.

I’m not fond of the scent, but you only have to deal with it for about 10-15 minutes until the mask dries and you can remove it.

This comes in a large tube and you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

NEW! Arbonne RE9 Advanced Cellular Renewal Mask

Pineapple and papaya enzymes in this mask work together to gently remove dead skin cells to minimize the look of pores and improve the appearance of skin tone revealing your healthiest-looking complexion. Sustainable orange stem cells help to improve the appearance of skin radiance, elasticity, firmness and texture while minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and conditioning the skin.

This mask is more of lotion than a typical mask. You apply it to your skin for around 5 minutes then wash it off. You don’t want for it to dry like the other mask.

This mask has more of a typical lotion scent to it. It’s subtle and didn’t bother me at all.

So far I haven’t noticed any visible changes in my skin. It’s possible it has to be used for a longer amount of time than what I have used it thus far.

It does make my skin feel soft after I wash it off. You use it on clean skin and when you remove it your skin continues to feel freshly cleaned. There is no residue.

This mask does make my cheeks a bit red after using it, but the redness goes away in about a half hour (give or take) after washing it off. Since I do this at night before bed it’s not a big deal.

It does come with pretty packaging, much prettier than the other two masks.

Arbonne Clear Future Soothing Overnight Mask 

This lightweight skin clearing mask is formulated with exopolysaccharide, derived from marine algae, helps mattify skin and control sebum by absorbing it at the skin’s surface. Prebiotics help condition and moisturize skin while preventing impurities from settling into and clogging pores.

I have not given this mask a try… yet. Since I have been using the other two masks I didn’t want to throw this one into the mix, then it would be hard to get a good sense of how well this one works.

I like that is absorbs and controls the oil on your skin. As I mentioned earlier I have an issue with that.

With this mask you need to leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning. I’m not too keen on the idea of leaving something on my face all night, but I am willing to give it a try if the results are beautifully moisturized, non-oil skin.

All three products are available on the Arbonne website, Arbonne.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their link are found at the bottom right of thier website.

Are you a fan of Arboone? Do you have a favorite product?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Buster’s Mal Heart

 

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download is the psychological drama Buster’s Mal Heart. 

The film stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) and DJ Qualls. The other actors in this film are lesser known.

This is one of those films that leave you scratching your head trying to figure out what you just saw. I watch the film the other day and I’m still trying to digest it all and make sense of it.

Malek stars as Jonah and Buster (same person). Jonah is a hard working family man. He works as a concierge at a hotel. He’s stuck doing the overnight shift which means he doesn’t get to spend as much time as he wants with his wife and young daughter.

Jonah and his family currently live with his in-laws because they don’t have much money and they are saving to buy land in the mountains where they can be as self sufficient as possible. Jonah would even love to stop working all together and live off the land with his family.

Jonah seems to be stuck in his life. He hates working the overnight shift. He hates living with his in-laws. But he feels like he has no choice. This is his life… or is it?

Enter a stranger (Qualls) who shows up at the hotel one night. The stranger doesn’t give a name. He also doesn’t have any identification, credit card… nothing.

At first Jonah was put off by the stranger, especially when he started to snot cocaine in front of him. But after talking with him a bit he became intrigued by what the stranger had to say. The stranger talked about what was to become of the world in the year 2000 (the film was set in 1999). The stranger goes on and on about an impending “inversion” that will happen, and how Jonah needs to be prepared. He also talks about there being a “bug in the system” and other crazy conspiracies.

During this time viewers get to learn about Jonah and his life, we also see Jonah as Buster. Buster is a “wild man” who lives in the mountains. He takes refuge in vacant vacation homes. He survive by raiding the homes for whatever food he can find and taking full advantage of comfortable beds, exercise equipment and huge soaking tubs.

Buster is wanted by the law so he is always on the run.

Whenever he can Buster calls into radio stations and rants about the pending inversion.

We also get to see Jonah as a no-named character adrift on a boat by himself in the middle of the ocean, surviving only on frogs (how he got frogs out of the ocean I’ll never know).

The question remains, who is the real character? We know Buster is really Jonah, or is he really the person on the boat? Is this all some part of a psychotic meltdown or is Jonah having one heck of a trippy dream? To find out you need to get a copy of Buster’s Mal Heart. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

You can also learn more about the film at the official website, BustersMalHeart.com.

Trippy… this film is totally trippy. I was totally lost with how the film jump around between Jonah’s personas.

I think many people can relate to Jonah. How many people don’t feel like they are trapped on a “hamster wheel” just going through the same motions every day – wake up, go to work, pay bills, go to bed, wake up and start it all over again. Toss in added stresses like a job you don’t like and meddling in-laws and you have all the ingredients for a nervous breakdown.

Malek was the PERFECT actor to play this role. He has those great big eyes that express the fear and panic in his situation. The blank stares he gave sent chills up my spine.

There is a lot of beautiful scenery in this film and the excellent cinematography. The film makers would often focus on the most unusual things to help emphasize Jonah’s situation.

I have to admit that I am still very confused about the film. Like I said it bounced around a lot. Just when I thought I “got it,” something would happen to leave me scratching my head all over again.

I enjoyed the film. It kept my interest (because I was hoping to figure it all out by the end). My husband was not a fan of it, but to each his own.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Are You Spending Too Much on Tech Gadgets

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do no necessarily reflect my own.

 

Tech gadgets are cool, and sometimes it feels like we don’t have enough. These days you can buy a tech gadget for just about everything, from timing sleep to keeping your pets occupied. It’s common for most people to own several gadgets that they have spent hundreds of dollars for. However, are you sure you are spending your hard earned money well when buying gadgets? Could you be overspending, or under spending? Read below to find out whether you could be wasting your money on a tech item you have in mind:

You Pay Hundreds of Dollars Just for the Brand name

Believe it or not, the brand name is not the most important aspect of a gadget. Sure, there will be tech brands that anyone can recognize, like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Samsung, and so on. But that doesn’t mean just about any gadget produced by these brands are good. Apple iPods are great, but AirPods, not so much. Sony produces some great tech gadgets like gaming consoles and TVs. But some Sony products are total duds (TouchPad, anyone?). So, don’t judge a gadget by its brand name. More often than not, companies charge hundreds of dollars just for the brand name, while the product itself is worth only a fraction of that. So, base your buying decisions on what the specs offer for the price.

You are Paying for Features You Don’t Need

Say, you want to buy a digital camera. You can buy a digital camera these days for as little as $50, or a much as $1,500. Now you can spend a ton of money on a hip gadget, but are you sure you need every spec? If you need a digital camera to take on vacation once a year, you can ask yourself if it’s worth the money you spend. Some gadgets are expensive because they include features that are suited for professional level use. Regular, at home users may never need these features. Therefore, budget for the gadget you have in mind and write down the features you desire before buying. The price should match the features, which should be based on your personal requirements.

Do You Even Need the Item You’ve Bought?

There are loads of junk gadgets available in the market that people buy without thinking. Take the NoPhone, which costs $12. It’s a “gadget” that promises to help people addicted to phone use to disconnect. So what exactly is it? Just a slab of plastic shaped like a phone. The idea is that if people had this plastic slab in their pocket, it would feel like a phone and cure the addiction. You know what else you could get for that $12? A pair of headphones that work, a protective phone case, a keyboard cover, a USB hub, a laptop case, and many more. When you buy gadgets, make sure you actually need the product. Otherwise you can spend your money on better products.

You Don’t Double Check the Price

 

Don’t buy the gadget based on the first price you see. Amazon does not always offer the cheapest prices for products. Compare prices across sites on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, as well as specialty websites and coupon sites. You can easily overspend when you don’t reserve time to do price research.

Just because a gadget is expensive, it doesn’t make it all the more better. Be careful of the above when you buy tech gadgets. Spend your money wisely and buy the products you need.

About the Author

Eduardo Bridges is a tech writer who blogs about the latest affordable tech gadgets on bestcheaptech.com. He’s a former software engineer who now blogs full-time.

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Christmas in July… it’s never too early to start preparing for the holidays

 

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When it comes to the various holidays and seasons, I am one of the people who are first to complain about how retailers “jump the gun” and start putting out holiday and seasonal products long before they should. Just the other day I noticed our local grocery store already has back to school supplies on their shelves and my beloved Christmas Tree Shop had fall/autumn decor as soon as you walked in the door.

My husband and I have a bet going on. He thinks we’re going to start seeing Halloween candy by August 15th. I think we’ll start seeing the candy by September 1st. I have a feeling he might win.

I have a photo on my personal Facebook page dated August 7, 2016 of Thanksgiving tablecloths. August 7th! That’s insane! I also have a photo dated December 21, 2012 of Valentine’s Day candy. Sigh…

Right now on television there is Christmas in July programming.

There are some occasions where I feel it’s a good idea to get started early, if you can. Christmas is one of them.

When my kids were younger I would pick up gifts for them here and there throughout the year. My husband would wrap them late at night and we’d hide them in our storage room (the kid had no access to our storage room). That way when it was the holiday season we could enjoy the time with our kid and not worry about crowds, long lines and no parking. We also didn’t have to worry about being up until 3 AM Christmas morning wrapping presents.

As silly as it might sound, now is a great time to think about ordering your holiday cards. I now some people opt to use photos of their family in matching holiday pajamas or Santa hats. In the past I have received holiday cards with families on a beach, in the pool and on vacation.

I think that once you have the perfect photo you should get a jump start on your holiday planning and order your cards. That way they are done and out of the way.

I’ve been checking out the online holiday cards at Basic Invite. Not only do they have a really nice assortment to choose from, but they also offer a service that I find extremely helpful. They offer a FREE Address Collection Service. Their service requests your addresses with just three simple steps. You can even share a link, collect addresses, and get FREE envelope printing. I appreciate the envelop printing too. As someone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel, the less writing I have to do that better.

Basic Invite also has real foil in some of their holiday cards lines. The foil is available in gold, silver, and rose. I think foil adds a truly elegant touch to a holiday card. You can’t always find cards embellished with foil in boxed sets or at the card store, and if you do find them, they are expensive.

With over 250 Christmas card and holiday card designs you are sure to find one that appeals to you.

If holiday cards are something you simply do not want to think about right now – especially if you are sweating in the summer heat – Basic Invite has other cards to suit life’s other occasions such as weddings, discount birth announcements, graduation and party invitations, so name a few.

When it comes to sending out a lot of cards I prefer to use a service such as Basic Invite. The last thing I want to do is drive around town, wasting time and gas, to find the perfect card. With Basic Invite I can do it from the comfort of my own home.

One of the biggest things that stands out to me about Basic Invite is that they have almost an unlimited choice when it come to colors. This is especially great for brides-to-be who want to coordinate their cards to their wedding color scheme.

Once you select the design you want you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can customize the card to suit your “vision” right down to the tiniest detail.

With Basic Invite you can get instant previews online so you can see how the final product is going to look.

Basic Invite also has over 40 different colors for their envelopes. You can make the invitation stand out even more with a matching color envelope. Forget about plain white or cream. You can make your invitation stand out with vibrant color choices.

All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed. No more licking gross tasting glue.

Unlike other websites, Basic Invite offers customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation/card so that they can see how it’s going to look and feel before making a final order. After all, when you are going through all the work to make customize baby shower invitations, you want to make sure they are going to look perfect in every way.

I WISH more companies offered something like this. I have ordered holiday cards and other cards online in the past and there have been a few times that I have been disappointed with the quality. Once the photo was blurry on a card I ordered. It didn’t look that way online but when I saw it in person I realized the quality was not good. Had I had a sample to look at before hand I would have never placed the order.

If you are interested in learning more about Basic Invite, or checking out all the cards, stationery and business supplies, visit BasicInvite.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Basic Invite also has fun printables you can purchase and download instantly including recipes, words of wisdom, Mad Libs for kids and more.

Are you in the market for invitations? How soon do you order your holiday cards?

Kimberly

*I have partnered with Basic Invite to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Movie Review: Devil’s Domain

 

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is the horror flick Devil’s Domain.

The film stars Michael Madsen, Sticky Fingers (yes, that is the person’s name), Fred Rose and Rene Nezhola. The soundtrack features music by Iggy Pop, DMX, The Onyx, and more.

Whenever I am pitched a horror movie I always ask to do a review. I am a big fan of the horror genre. Sadly, they simply don’t make great horror movies anymore – ones that truly make you jump out of your seat and sleep with the lights on. I did review a great horror film a few months ago, but this post is about Devil’s Domain.

I knew from watching that trailer that this was going to be more of a teen type of movie – the type of film teens watch when having a sleepover with their friends.

I am a die hard fan of the genre, so I wasn’t expecting to have the film “knock my socks off.” I was simply looking for something to entertain me.

Devil’s Domain is the story about a teen girl named Lisa. Lisa has “issues” including bulimia (binge eating then throwing it all up), cutting herself and confused about her sexuality. In fact, she loses her best friend when she mistakes something she said and attempts to kiss her.

The kids at school tease Lisa. She is bullied online and in person. There is a particular group of students that torment her the most.

Enter Destiny. A mysterious sexy stranger donning a tight red dress that offers to help Lisa get back at her tormentors. Lisa agrees, not knowing what Destiny has in store for all of them.

It turns out that Destiny is the devil in disguise, and if Hollywood has taught us anything, NEVER make a deal with the devil.

One by one Lisa’s tormentors meet with a gruesome demise. Lisa had no idea that Destiny would take it to such extremes, and Lisa is powerless to stop her.

What will become of Lisa now that she ha made a deal with the devil? Will anyone survive? To find out you need to pick up, or download Devil’s Domain. Look for it where ever movies are sold. You can also order online at the MVD Shop or on Amazon.

Meh… the movie was alright. I honestly wasn’t expecting too much from it. It’s a typical, silly horror film geared more towards teens. There is a lot of sexual references and plenty of over-the-top gore.

Seriously… at one point did film makers decide that they only way to make a horror movie is to be overly gory and/or rely on scantily clad teens obsessed with sex? Sigh…

The movie was OK. I was able to sit through it, although I did try not to laugh a few times because it was comical than it was scary. It’s not something I would watch again. It wasn’t my “cup of tea.” Even my husband got bored with it about half way through and ended up going on his laptop, only occasionally looking up to see what was happening on the screen.

I know that bullying is a horrible thing. I have been bullied myself. However the gruesome “pay back” for Lisa’s tormentors really pushed the envelop.

The ending of the film was NOT what I expected either. I don’t want to give it away, but I honestly thought it would end differently (in a more positive note).

I wish I could have given this film a better review. I guess I was expecting the film to be a bit different than it was. It just goes to show that sometimes movie studios put the best parts of a film in a trailer as a way of luring people into seeing it. I think that was the case here.

Please keep in mind that this is just ONE person’s opinion on the film. Other people might love it. It’s up to YOU to determine whether or not you are interested in seeing it. Like my mom always said, “One man’s meat is another man’ poison.”

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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What do toilet paper, coffee, and ink have in common?

 

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There are some things you never want to run out of – ever! Toilet paper is my #1 item that I never want to be without. We ran out of toilet paper once and I made sure that would never happen again. I had to drive all the way to a 24 hour convenience store at midnight to pick up a roll. It was awful!

If you are like me and need your morning “cup of Joe,” its another thing you can’t bare the thought of running out of.

Running out of gas in your car is something we can all agree on is no fun. I’ve had it happen many years ago. I was on the New York State Thruway too. What a nightmare that was.

I’ve also run out of ink in my printer. It always happen right in the middle of printing out something important like a contract or something I need for work. I try and keep an extra ink cartridge available, but sometimes I forget to pick up a new one after I replace a worn out one.

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I also tend to run out of ink in my pens right in the middle of doing something, like filling out a deposit slip, signing a contract or writing a message inside a greeting card.

Expo can’t help with those first three, but we’ve got ink covered. Expo with Ink Indicator features a clear ink barrel, so you can see exactly how much ink is left.

When it comes to things like toilet paper, coffee, gas and printer ink, there are ways we can see how much we have available and “guesstimate” when we’ll need more. When it come to things like pens and markers, it’s hard to tell. There is no indicator that let’s you know when you are about to run out of ink, that is, until now.

Expo has introduced their new Expo with Ink Indicator dry erase markers. Why has it taken so long for someone to think of this before?

The Expo dry erase markers look like ordinary markers, except one end of the marker has a clear barrel where you can see the ink inside. On the outside of the barrel are indicator marks that let you know how much ink is left. The indicators marks read “F” (full), “1/2” (half way full) and “E” (empty).

I work with markers all the time at my job. Every other week or so I have to take all the markers out and some scrap paper and test each individual marker so I can toss out the empty and dried up ones. It’s time consuming. It would be so much easier just to pick the marker up and look at the indicator – if it has one like the new Expo markers. That would make my job a lot easier. Plus I wouldn’t have to risk running out when working on a project.

Expo’s dry erase markers have come a long way over the years. Back in the day there were only a few colors. These days you have a variety of colors, as well as Expo dry erase markers that are dual sided, and ones with built in erasers. I personally love the built in eraser ones. I find they are a lot neater to use because you don’t to have a cloth or tissue handy.

I work as a teacher’s assistant with a kindergarten class. The students use dry erase markers all the time. They use them to practice writing, drawing shapes, counting and doodling. They are excellent to use with a dry erase board because they save on paper. That last thing we want to do is have students waste paper. We recycle classroom paper, but its still nice to not have to use paper whenever possible.

Here are some other fun uses for dry erase markers.

Keep track of the kids’ summer activities

A dry erase activity tracker is easy to create and even easier to erase each week. You can even use your fridge as your dry erase board!

Brush up on what you learned during the school year

Make learning more fun for your kids by quizzing them on their skills – ask them to write their answers using dry erase markers and race to see who gets the correct answer first!

Turn a road trip into a game of Pictionary

Wouldn’t it be cool to draw on your car windows? Wouldn’t it be even cooler if it didn’t involve a big clean up? Use Expo with Ink Indicator markers to entertain the kids for hours by hosting an art contest on the rear windows.

Keep that summer bucket list alive

Have a picnic, fly a kite, camp in the backyard, make tie-dye t-shirts … the possibilities are endless. Keep the list alive and growing on a dry erase board. When you complete an activity, erase it!

Dry erase markers can also be used on glass and other non-porous surfaces. You can also use them on laminated surfaces. We have some laminated papers at work that the kids use the dry erase markers to draw on (such as tracing lines and letters).

Expo dry erase makers are made by Newell, the same company that makes Mr. Sketch scented products such as crayons and markers. If you have never experienced Mr. Sketch products before you are missing out on something really cool. They are scented in cool scents like apple, grape, banana, vanilla icing, mint chocolate chip, bubble gum and even odd scents like stinky cheese (no kidding!) and chimney.

Look for Expo (and Mr. Sketch) products where ever stationary/office supplies/school supplies are sold.

For more information visit ExpoMarkers.com and/or MrSketch.com.

Do you use Expo dry erase markers? If so, what do you use them for?

Have you ever used Mr. Sketch products? Do you have a favorite scent?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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