PRODUCT REVIEW- Carbon Coco Teeth Whitening System

I am sure that you've seen the recent big trend in dentistry all over the internet. The trend I am speaking of specifically is the use of Charcoal Toothpaste to whiten teeth and provide more benefits than other toothpastes. I hadn't done much research on these products as I was hoping the madness would soon die down. Leaving only the top products for more studies and testimonies from customers. In fact up until a few months ago I really had very little knowledge of what Charcoal Toothpaste did and why it had suddenly become so popular. That is until a few months ago when Meg With Carbon Coco reached out to me. They offered me an opportunity to try their product in return for an honest review & that is what I am going to do today. Being that, I had no real knowledge of charcoal toothpaste or Carbon Coco as a whole, I decided to do my research before I jumped on the bandwagon. I was honestly very impressed what I found and by their customer service. One thing I love about the company is that they offer free shipping WORLDWIDE, and they have a love it or leave it policy where they will refund your money if you see no results in 14 days. One of the big reasons I like this company and will continue to support them is that they do no animal testing. More about these offers can be found at the end under the link "Frequently Asked Questions".

According to the Carbon Coco website "Carbon Coco is your holistic alternative to oral health. We have carefully chosen 100% natural ingredients to safely whiten and polish your teeth, strengthen the enamel, detoxify your mouth, and keep your breath fresh without any risk what so ever from harmful chemicals or additives."

After visiting the website and researching their products And ready others testimonials, I was thrilled to get to try it. When my package arrived it contained THE ULTIMATE CARBON KIT. This particular kit comes with the Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish, the Activated Charcoal Tooth Paste and one toothbrush with Bamboo Bristles.

I will admit when I opened the Charcoal Tooth Polish and found it to be very black. At that point I was really starting to wonder if it work for me. I knew it would whiten my teeth, but I was concerned with the texture and taste. I have a major aversions to overly minty tastes and can gag easily from taste or texture. And neither of those are an issue for me.

The black powder is an oxidized version of charcoal and has been found that it works very effectively to whiten teeth. It works so well by removing external stains from the teeth without using any toxic ingredients that are often found in commercial whitening products. This way of whitening teeth helps to promote good oral health, and helps to reduce issues that can cause cavities, gum disease and bad breath. I was also presently surprised to find out that Carbon Coco is 100% natural. It also does not have any toxic preservatives that are found in other whitening products. Per the website the tooth whitener contains 100% Organic Coconut Shell Activates Charcoal with a hunt of bentonite powder and lemon myrtle.

The Carbon Coco's Activated Carbon Toothpaste has a unique formula. The toothpaste has an Activated Charcoal fluoride free formula, that fights cavities, plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, while keeping your mouth feeling refreshed and will replace your everyday toothpaste. Honestly, I'm not sure if the rates of other toothpastes, but this toothpaste reduces bacteria build up by up to 90% for 12 hours!

I was very impressed with the packaging of this kit! Not only were the items clearly labeled, they also provide a a card that had clearly worded instructions on how to use each product. Which you can see below along with pictures of the packaging and products.

Toothpaste Packaging

I used these products religiously for about two weeks. I didn't see any results the first few days. But by the end of the first week! I also started to notice that my breath was much fresher for much longer than any other toothpaste I've tried. And after a few uses my teeth felt as smooth as they do after I have them cleaned by the dentist.

I would not think twice about giving these products 5 stars. The only negative I can find with this product is the mess is makes. (And truth be told I'm sure I could brush my teeth without making as much of a mess!) One thing I did not mention is that there are different size kits that include different products. These kits can be found on the website that is linked below. Overall, I am very very happy with this product and the Carbon Coco team!! Below I am going to share before and after pictures. (It's really hard to get good pictures of your own teeth!). I will also post links to the main Carbon Coco website as well as a link to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Carbon CoCo Website

Frequently Asked Questions

I hope that you enjoyed this review and that some of you decide to try the product!!! If you do please let me know what you think!!!

* Disclaimer: Even though your teeth will feel good, clean and smooth, while also helping to reduce bacteria, a visit to the dentist regularly is still important!

With Love,

Amber

Product Review- Jennifer Lynn Naturals

UPDATE: Jennifer has graciously given me a coupon Code for all of you!! Enter Amber20 and receive 20% off your purchase!! This past week I was given the awesome opportunity to receive some amazing beauty products to review. It's no hidden truth that I'm a Senegence girl through and through. But sometimes I like to try other makeup. And I'll be real honest sometimes I just want to grab a tube of lipstick just to wear around the house or throw on to go to the store and not have to remember to remove it in 10 hours.

Jennifer was kind enough to send me a lipstick, a lipgloss and face/lip scrub from Jennifer Lynn Naturals. Her makeup is ALL natural. No parabeans, vegan friendly, no gluten etc. per her website Jennifer states that her "lipsticks are highly pigmented and that their all natural lipstick blends organic oils and butters."

I found that it had a very creamy consistency once on my lips and seemed to be very moisturizing to my lips. My lips didn't feel dry at all while using the product. Right now the lipstick comes in three colors: 1. Brownie beige which is a nude shimmer, 2. Nude Mauve, and 3. True Red. Her fourth color Pinky Promise is currently not available. I felt like the lipstick stayed on a fair amount of time. I have discovered I am lip licker personally, so that cuts down on how long lipstick will stay on. I feel that her products are well priced considering how pigmented they are, and how well it stays in place. I would give this a 5 🌟 review. I also found her packaging to be very cute!!

Below at the bottom of this post you will find a picture of me wearing the Lipstick. In my package I also received some Apricot Lip Gloss. Per her website "The Lip Glosses are infused with organic butters, botanical extracts and natural mineral pigments. She says that every shade provides rich, Super shiny gloss that lasts!"

Just like the lipstick the Lip Gloss is highly pigmented! It goes on VERY VERY smooth. it also left my lips feeling very soft and smooth. I feel like it lasted just as long as any other Lip Gloss I have tried!! Her gloss comes in Racy Rose & Juicy Apricot. Bronze Goddess is not currently available. Just like the Lipstick, I would also give the Lip a Gloss a 5 🌟 review. Jennifer Lynn Naturals also has BB Cream, shadows, & blushes that like all her product has great reviews. But as of yet I have not tried them so i can not provide an accurate review. She is currently in the testing process of a facial scrub that you can also use on your lips. I'll be honest I was a little nervous to try it out on my lips, if it also was going to work on my face. However, I did go ahead and apply it to my face and lips. And scrubbed it in, let it sit, washed it off and was THRILLED at the results. It was a gentle scrub but left my face and lips feeling like freshly washed baby skin. And had a soft but lovely and not overwhelming smell!!

You can find Jennifer Lynn Naturals on Etsy, Instagram or you can find and purchase her amazing products on her website: Jennifer Lynn Naturals Jennifer Lynn Naturals Discount code! She is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on any purchase over $50!! So go check out this amazing NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT!!

Below are pictures of her other products.

Unrest - Movie Review

This week I was contacted by Jennifer Brea about a movie she has done about living with ME/CFS. She asked if I would be willing to Screen the movie she had produced and then review it here. After looking into the Project I decided that I would be glad to preview the movie and provide a review of the project for all to read.

Unrest is centered around Jennifer Brea and her fight against Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), most commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She discusses how the condition has affected her life, about diagnosis and did many interviews. She interviewed others who also have the same diagnosis, Doctors who have worked with patients and the condition. As well as talking to her spouse about how she felt she wasn't the spouse he deserves. This movie is SO relatable, there were so many times I caught myself say "Yes!" or nodding my head in agreement to what was being said. Its the most real and true Production I have ever seen. She shared more of her bad days, unlike other films who only talk about said BAD days. You became very invested in Jennifer and her friends also with CE/MFS. I cried with them when things didn't go their way and cheered when they had good days. I recommend this movie to all with chronic illness, and their families. I also feel like it should be shown in nursing schools and Med School so those who will be providing care will actually know what this condition is and not treat those who have it like a person with a mental illness. I feel like everyone could learn something from this movies.

I am waiting to hear from Jennifer Brea as to when this will be out for all to see and also as to if I can do a little interview of her for you all. I will let you know when I know more. But be on the lookout for this in a theater near you. Below are some of the reviews that have been done of the movie. As well as the synopsis of the film written by Jennifer Brea or her team. And Below that is the link to YouTube so you can watch the trailer.

• "Astonishing"– BBC • "Brilliant" - The Daily Telegraph • “Riveting...equal parts medical mystery, science lesson, political advocacy primer and even a love story.” — San Francisco Chronicle • “Remarkably intimate, deeply edifying and a stirring call to action…an existential exploration of the meaning of life.” — LA Times • ★★★★★ “A sensitive, powerful documentary” that’s “compulsive viewing.” — BritFlicks • “An intimate essay” that even feels like “a suspenseful thriller” and “packs a significant emotional punch.” — The Spectator Synopsis:

Jennifer Brea is an active Harvard PhD student about to marry the love of her life when suddenly her body starts failing her. Hoping to shed light on her strange symptoms, Jennifer grabs a camera and films the darkest moments unfolding before her eyes as she is derailed by M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), a mysterious illness some still believe is “all in your head.”

In this story of love and loss, newlyweds Jennifer and Omar search for answers as they face unexpected obstacles with great heart. Often confined by her illness to the private space of her bed, Jen is moved to connect with others around the globe. Utilizing Skype and social media, she unlocks a forgotten community with intimate portraits of four other families suffering similarly. Jennifer Brea’s wonderfully honest portrayal asks us to rethink the stigma around an illness that affects millions of people. Unrest is a vulnerable and eloquent personal documentary that is sure to hit closer to home than many could imagine.

Until you are able to watch the movie in full here is the trailer that has been released: 

I hope that if you are able to watch this movie that you gain as much from it as I did!!

Amber

 PRODUCT REVIEW!! Senegence’s Newly Formulated Concealer! 

Alright, so as a women you all the importance of a good concealer. In all the years I’ve been wearing makeup I’ve never found one that I felt did a good job. They seem that they either don’t cover the bags under my eyes, which is a MUST for me. Or they aren’t the right color, they may be too yellow or to orange so they don’t match my skin tone. Or it takes so much product that you fee like you have a large amount of makeup on just for concealer.   That is Until NOW!!! I’ve finally found a concealer that meets all of my requirements. The cosmetic company Senegence just released their new concealers about two weeks ago. They come in three colors which should cover just about everyone. They come in light medium and deep (we also have natural and green concealers available in the same new formula). Being that I am Casper the ghost pale,  I chose the light. I was thrilled when it arrived, not only is the color fantastic but the consistency is so creamy and wonderful!  And for the first time since I started wearing makeup I don’t feel like I have to cake on layer after layer of concealer just to cover the bags under my eyes or the redness in my cheeks! A task that is nearly impossible for most makeup to complete. This new concealer actually covers everything well enough that I would feel confident applying this and only this and leaving the house.  Here are some before and after pictures so you can see my results from applying one layer of concealer to my problem areas!!As you can see it does a phenomenal job and is at a great price point of $25.00. And you only need a small amount so this small sewing tube will last a LONG time!  (That of course is depending on how much produvtvyoubyse each time!). I would definitely give this product a 5 ⭐️ star review!! If you are looking for a new concealer you should definitely give this one a try!  

Disclaimer- for those of you who don’t know I am a Senegence distributor. That being said if you have followed me for very long you know I have no problem telling it like it is when reviewing products. Meaning this is a truthful review, not based on my employment!  

Content Direction— Please HELP!

I’m working on developing my website and really turning it into what I want it to be. I somehow want to merge my health, which is a huge part of my life, along with some of the fun stuff. Like makeup, and tutorials and reviews and book reviews.  But I need to know what you the reader is interested in, so I know where to go from here. Below I am going to give NUMBERED ideas for content. After you read this please leave me a note in the comments telling me what you would like to see more of. So I can reign in all these thoughts and know where to focus my energy!  I appreciate the help. If I don’t list something you would like to see, leave it in the comments as well. 

Thanks for all your help!

1. Medical content- my main focus has been and will continue to be on chronic illnesses. Treatment options, research etc 

2. Makeup content- reviews, tutorials etc(might also include some clothes and bags)

3. Books reviews/discussions (from all genera)

4. Lighthearted, uplifting content - poetry, bible verses, prayers etc

5. Life content. What’s going on with me and the family, maybe more about what’s happening with me weekly.!!?

6. Self-help kind of content

8. Anything you want to see here let me know!!! Thanks for taking time to respond to this I greatly appreciate it.                                                                      Content meme found using google search. 

Interview With Author Bethany L Douglas of Helicopter Mom 

A good friend and colleague of mine has written her first book this year. An amazing book on learning to live with and letting go of fear. It is mostly geared toward mothers, however that being said I have read it twice and I gained so much from it as a single women. I feel like those of us with chronic illness live a life of perpetual fear and that is why when she origainally talked to me about reading it I agreed 100%. The more ways that I can find to deal with the fears I have in my life the better my life will be.   I recently set down with Bethany L. Douglas author of Helicopter Mom and talked with about her book and why she wrote it. After our discussion I put that discussion into writing so you could all read it. So down below I have included my interview with Bethany along with a link to a giveaway she is doing for a chance to win a copy of her book.   

                    Helicopter Mom 

Interview with the author Bethany L.         Douglas

 

----What inspired you to write your book? 

Without being too spiritual about it, the short answer is the Holy Spirit inspired it. I talk some in the foreword about the inspiration for it which explains more, but truly this book came out of nowhere for me. I had not been thinking or planning on writing a book, and then one Sunday after a really great sermon by a guy named Jeff Voth, I came home and told my husband Gabe that I felt God had instructed me to write a book. I started that afternoon and it just poured out of my. I wrote it in long sessions while at work at my helicopter base, and the thing literally just wrote itself in about 6 days time over the course of a month.

I didn’t intend or expect to do anything with it. I was quite happy to just have it on paper. I left it that way for almost a year and didn’t think a thing about it. Then this last fall I felt compelled to try to get it published. I felt it was such a powerful and needed word from God for women and moms in particular that I needed to share it with the masses. And the rest is history!

 ----Why did you feel it was such an important message to share with women? 

Looking back on it now, I think God had been preparing my heart for quite a while for the subject matter. I had been a part of several moms groups for a while at that point and had been constantly surprised by how fearful the majority of them were. From the realistic to the crazy, never-gonna-happen stuff, fear seemed rampant in this population. Obviously so much so that society even has a term for it- helicopter moms. Fear drives so much of our lives when you really think about it, especially fear for our kids. I am not naturally a fearful sort of person, as I talk at length about in the beginning of the book, but it struck me how crippling it can be for others. Being an actual ‘helicopter mom’ seemed like a God-given dovetail from a really unique and fitting angle to help women overcome fear.

 -----Do you feel like women who aren't mothers, or males (fathers) could relate to the book? 

You know, at first, I had no thoughts past just ministering to moms with this particular book, however I’ve had tremendous feedback from non-moms, single women, single father’s, even non-fathers about the book. The book speaks to everyone on some level. I think the key is that the book at its base is really just about overcoming fear. What people fear may be different and look different, but the fact is we all struggle with it to varying degrees. Even the men who’ve read it said that they gleaned a ton of great insight and practical applications to dealing with this giant in their lives. I had one guy tell me he needed to read it because he’s a ‘helicopter husband’! I think the basic Biblical principles will ring true with everyone, regardless of what specifically they fear about; and my ‘non-audience’ readers have all echoed this sentiment which thrills me.

 ----What made you decide to reference your medical training and job in the book? 

Most of that just seemed like the most obvious thing to do. The title for the book came to me immediately and I thought it was a totally different and unique perspective on just another ‘self-help’ book. I googled quite a bit about other books available that addressed such issues and there just aren’t any out there- either secular or Christian. I was really surprised since it seems to be so prevalent in our society. But, as I said before, the manuscript came very supernaturally and yet organically at the same time. I simply wrote what I do know about, the world of flight nursing and emergency medicine, and married that to the core issues that I perceived as being the root of this fear issue. The rest was just a Bible study of sorts to learn how to practically solve each issue. The helicopter background and information fell seamlessly (in my humble opinion) into visual and anecdotal stories that hopefully help the readers get a better grasp of what I’m writing about.

 ----If readers were to take away one thing from reading your book, what do you want that to be? 

More than anything I want this book to glorify God and show that He is the overcomer- and that as Christians we can share in that mantle. The Bible talks at length, from front to back, about not fearing- and yet we still do it. I want people to walk away with really practical, day-to-day steps on how to overcome this giant in their lives. For moms specifically I want them to ‘let go and let fly’ as I say in the book. Helicopters are actually the perfect visual to have as a mom… but we need to understand the purpose is not to hover but rather the amazing qualities that these aircraft have in flight. We can spiritually be the same way with our children and utilize this thing we call motherhood to better and more effective ends with our kids.

 ----What is your favorite memory during the writing, publishing and promoting process? 

By far my most cherished memory was the fact that I was pregnant with our third child at the time. She was flying around with me for the entire pregnancy and all of the writing of the book. I don’t want to give anything away, but as I talk about in the Afterword About the Afterward at the end of the book, she has made a honest mom and an honest author out of me. (You’ll have to read it to see why!) But I have loved the journey that God set me on for this whole, crazy thing. It has been refining for sure and I’ve met some tremendously amazing people along the way.

I love that during much of the writing, I would go back over it and have literally no memory of writing some of the things that were on the page. I still go back to this day and there are sections I read and I’m like, “That’s really good stuff! I should write that down!” Ha!

I don’t at all feel like this book is mine so much as a very special word from God; I just happened to be the typist and entrusted to get it out in book form to people. That in itself has been a sobering, heavy mantle at times to bear. But I am honored and humbled that He would choose me to proclaim the message.

----What can we expect from you in the future? Are you working on another book? 

Whew, loaded question. I do feel like God is calling me to write and speak much more formally and full-time eventually. I have several ideas for books that I will get around to at some point. I’m working on an accompanying Helicopter Mom Workbook that can be used alongside the book right now. Hoping to get that out by the end of the year. I think my next book is supposed to be focused on helping women overcome guilt and our totally obsession with ‘giving things to God’ and then immediately picking them back up to worry and fret over. We have so much junk we needlessly carry around because we just refuse to put it down and walk away…. I’m thinking of calling it Junk in the Trunk… what do you think? Past that, I would like to start speaking and encouraging people more, as God opens doors. This ‘platform-building’ thing has been an interesting ride for sure… one that this mom still knows almost nothing about. But as long as I let God pilot this mission, I’ll be in good hands. You never know where this chopper may end up! I’m excited to be on the journey.

I loved being able to talk with Bethany after  reading the book and getting to talk to her kind of behind the scenes. Especially because I have known her for, oh boy I feel like I'm dating myself, at least 12 years and really always looked up to her as a person anyway.  I hope that each of you would give this book a chance. It is available to be purchased on  everyone go out and pick one up today! Available at http://bethanyldouglas.com/book/ and on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/098392886X/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&qid=1495143055&sr=8-24&keywords=helicopter+mom

And as soon as I can figure out how to get the link up I'll get the link up for a chance to win a free copy of the book. 

  • -Amber

PRODUCT REVIEW

In March I was lucky enough to get to work with Sandrah owner of the ETSY shop Little Stuff 4U Pute Mineral Makeup & Natural Skin Care. She has a WIDE array of mineral makeup and natural skin care for amazing prices. As I was looking through her shop I have to admit I was a little skeptical. I was wondering just how good could her products be for those prices. Boy did she prove me WRONG!! Her products are downright AMAZING!!!  I actually had a hard time deciding what I should order. So I ordered a couple things and she added a couple of her other most popular things for me to try.  So I ended up with: 1. Aloe Vera Setting powder. Which is amazing. Makes your skin super super soft and sets your makeup really really well!!

2. Dragonfly Minersl Eye Shadow- This one really impressed me because of how pigmented it is. You don't think it's going to be that way. But let me tell you a little goes a LONG LONG way!!!! So the small bag she sent me is still going strong bc you just don't need much for each use. 

3. Ultra Rich Face Cream. I can not say enough good things about this.  I think I have used every last ounce of product out of this container bc it is just so good.  It is so luxurious and makes your face feel so darn soft. Probably my favorite product in this bunch for sure.  

4. Vintage Rose mineral face color- also very pigmented. Great color for blush. Also works nicely for eye color.  Also goes a long way. 

5. Antique Ivory Liquid Cream- this stuff is fantastic!  This provides great overall coverage without making your face feel full or cackey. Was a very good match to my light complexion.  

All of these products were amazing. I really liked Each and every one of them.  It's not often that I receive a group of products where I like  The whole group of products. So that shows just how great this product line is.  I highly recommend if you are looking for a natural skincare or mineral makeup line that you go check this Etsy shop out!!

-Amber

PRODUCT REVIEW

About a month ago I worked with  Gabriella  and her awesome ETSY shop ForeverGreen Healing.  Everything she offers is just that Green. Totally natural. And that's what attracted me to her shop.  She has everything from toner to boby butter to joint salve  and more. After spending time searching her site I decided what would benefit me most and I chose: The Flower Power Toner, Arthritis & Joint Salve, Sweet as Honey Face Mask, Magnolia Mint Whipped Butter, & Whipped Butter for Glowing Skin.   I loved every single product except for the Sweet as Honey Face Mask. I am not sure that I didn't just receive a bad batch. But mine was very hard and not pliable. I was unable to apply it to my face. I was sad about this. But all the other product WELL made up for it. I did however enjoy the Flower Power Toner. It worked well on my face and made my face feel nice. 

I think my favorite product of the bunch is the Magnolia Mint Whipped Butter. I have used it mostly on my feet mostly and it has made them soooo super smooth.  I have also found that when I have a cold it works a lot like Vic's does when you apply it on your feet and out socks on.  This does the same thing. I don't know how or why. But it seems to help!!  And I've had a lot of cheat congestion and coughs lately so I have used a lot of this!!! I will definetky be buying more of this.  

I also super enjoyed the other Whipped Body Butter. It goes on really smooth and leaves your skin feel really smooth for hours afterward. And the part that I like is that there is no strong smell. Being that I have severe migraines I can't do strongly scented lotions. So I greatly appreciate lotions that are not strongly scented. This is also a product I will be buying more of. 

Ohhh I can't say enough nice things about the Arthritis & Joint Salve.  Being that I have so much Joint pain I have love having this around. It has a smell slightly similar to an Icy HOT but not nearly as strong. And it feels good on the Joint.  But It doesn't have the typical Icy HOT feel. Definetly something I can appreciate from the migraine standpoint and the pain front. 

Overall I give this shop ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!  Gabrielle the owner is great to work and overall the shop is fabulous!  All the products were amazing and I can't wait to use up what I got and purchase more in the future.  Please take time and go check out this shop!! You won't be disappointed!!

-Amber 

PRODUCT REVIEW!!

Recently I was sent some AWESOME awareness product by a super cool ETSY shop called Spoonspirations. Two reason this store is so awesome is because. All the money the shop makes goes to a non-profit organization.  And secondly she can do custom and personalized orders. Which is so cool once you see what she sent me. I absolutely loved the bag. It is sooo super cute. And is also handy. But the best thing about the bag is that it is a DIY bag. Meaning you can color/paint it however you like, so they are personalized for you!!   The notebook has been super handy! It's just the right size to stick in your purse, so you always have something to write on with you!! And the pen also has a stylus on top so you can use it for your smartphones or tablet. The bracelets she sent are pictures below. And they say "Chrinic Illness, Chronic Hope."  Which is just fantastic. I actually gave one to my mom and one to my sister to wear as they always want to show support. So they could be something you could buy and give to others who support you, so when people ask what they are they can tell them about your disease.  I bought some last that were similar and lupus awareness month and gave them to all my supporters to wear all month. It worked out really nicely. So it's a great product in my eyes.  And those dummies. How stinking cute are they!!!  I highly recommend that you head over and Check out her shop on Etsy. SPOONSPORATIONS  

PRODUCT REVIEW

A few weeks ago I received these BEAUTIFUL Hand stamped necklaces from Rachel and her ETSY Shop called All So Charming. Not only are they hand stamped by Rachel, they are just impeccable pieces of jewelry!! I have gotten so many compliments when I've worn them. The chain is very sturdy and perfect. My only issue has been I have a fat neck. (No shame here) and they are a little more chocker like on me. But that was nothing that couldn't be fixed by an extender. Once I used that they fit PERFECT. She has a variety of options for necklaces. But these two are the ones that I felt were most "me!" I highly recommend that you go check out Rachel's ETSY shop right now. Rachel is so kind and easy to work with. I will definitely be ordering necklaces from her in the future.  Rachel was so kind to give all of my readers a coupon code that can be used until      May 7,2017 use the coupon code spooonie10 to get 10% off your purchase of $5.00 or more!!

Product Review 

Two weeks ago I received the AMAZING products in the above picture to try out, from the lovely ladies at the ETSY shop ORGANICskincareByTNS. Almost every product they sent I totally fell in love with.  They sent me their facial moisturizer, vitamin C Serum, Facial Toner, Shampoo/Body wash for her, body butter, magnesium lotion and Muscle Rub.  

The only product I wasn't a huge fan of was the lotion. For me personally it was to oily. I run a little more on the oily side of the spectrum so it was just a little much. It was however very nourishing and made my skin feel really soft.  

The magnesium lotion was great. Helped with pain, and also I felt like it help me sleep a little better. On the bottle it says to rub on your belly for a good night sleep. And the couple nights I did this I felt like I slept better. 

The muscle rub is FANTASTIC. It works just like Icy Hot. But to me it doesn't have the strong smell that Icy Hot does and it didn't burn like Icy Hot. But it made my muscles feel better. Less sore. Anything I can find like this is a treat bc at times I can take less medicine bc of products like these. 

The Moisturizer, Toner and Vitamin C Serum are amazing. I had never used a toner before this one so I don't have a lot to compare it to. But every night after using the combination of three my fave felt so smooth. And my complexion has been so clear since starting with these products. The moisturizer is very thin and not oily at all. I like that it is thin bc I can wear it under my makeup everyday and not feel like my faces is caked with product. All of their products have a very natural smell to them. Which is another thing I liked. I don't like creams and serums that have a strong smell because I am more prone to get headaches from products that have a strong smell. 

Last but definitely not least the Shampoo/Body Wash for her. This stuff is truly fantastic. It's non sudsing so you don't need a lot. And it really cleans your hair. I was actually able to go 8 days without washing my hair.  And it wasn't until the very last day did it even begin to look slightly oily. (I don't wash my hair but about twice a week anyway bc the more I wash it the more oil my and greasy it gets. So this was great!!!! And it works just as well as a body wash. My skin was soft and very clean. And again you don't need a lot to do the job. One of the best parts other than it being organic is that there are no artificial scents in this product. So the smell is nice and fresh without being overwhelming. This one I'll be buying more of for sure!! 

 I actually can't wait to try other products that these ladies have. I have tried many moisturizers and face prouducts and this line is by far my favorite for many reasons. These products are truly organic and don't have any dyes or coloring in them. And they just feel good on your skin!!!  

April was so great. She offered y'all a coupon code that can be used in their ETSY shop(will not work on their product website). Below is the code and it's conditions for use; 

25% off all available products on purchases of $35 or over, valid thru April 30th

the code is: THEWORLDSEESNORMAL25 I highly recommend you go check this shop out. You will NOT be disappointed by the products. 

-Amber 

PRODUCT REVIEW 

Some of the products I received to review were from ETSY shop FarmHouseCandlesKY. Not only were the owners Tyler and Ava just the nicest people, they were great to work with. And they have amazing products to boot!  Okay, I know you are thinking candles?? Really?? What's so special about candles?  Well, for starters I find candles to be very relaxing. I burn them when I take a bath and many days just because. So it's important to me to find a good quality candle. And the candles from Tyler and Ava's store are just that!!!!  They all made from soy so they burn so much cleaner than the average everyday candle. One cool features that is unique for this shop is that the wicks are wood. So not only does it burn cleaner, but you get this cool crackling sound while you burn the candle. Their scents are also spot on and truly amazing!!  They were kind enough to send me Vanilla, Peach and Lavender candles and Sweet Pea and Snickerdoodle wax melts.  Each were true to form and smelled just like they should. It's been hard to choose what to burn because I love them all so much!!! 

One thing I expect from candles is the scent to fill the room, without totally overpowering it!  And these do just that. The vanilla and the snickerdoodle smell like you've got something freshly baked. And the peach, well like a peach. And the lavender is so relaxing. I have enjoyed burning it solely in the bathroom when I bathe, to help me relax at the end of a long day!!  Another great feature of these candles is the burn time!!  It is fantastic, and much longer than most candles. I bet I have burned my vanilla candle for 8hrs or more and still have half of it left. Something you don't find with comercially made candles these days. 

These are the best candles I have found in a LONG time. And this shop will have a long time customer in me!! They have all the qualities I want in a good candle! Long burntime, burns clean and amazing smell!  If you are a candle lover I highly suggest you check them out!!  

Tyler an Ava have been kind enough to give me a COUPON CODE to provide to my readers for your next purchase. SAVE10 will get 10% off of your first purchase!  So hurry on over and check them out, because this code will only last till the end of MARCH!   You won't regret it!! 

-Amber

Future Product Reviews 

Below are pictures of products that I have received this week to review. So over the next couple weeks you can expect reviews on: Essential Oils from Cure OilsOrganic Skin Care from The Natural Sisterhood (Etsy)

Port Pillow and back support pillow from Louise's Sewing Basket (Etsy)

Candles and wax melts from Farmhouse Candles KY. (Etsy)Thanks to all the companies who sent me products to trial!!

Find beauty within- Do You!!!  Makeup Haul!

Now you might be wondering why I would include cosmetics, beauty products and makeup on this blog. The answer is simple. I feel it's important that we all feel good about ourselves when our disease processes often make us feel so terrible. And if you are anything like me, most days unless I'm going somewhere, makeup or skin care is the least of my worries.  I recently read somewhere though that changed my way of  thinking. I read that even if you are home in your sweats and you are a person who wears makeup normally, you should put on a little. Even if it's just the basics. At first I thought it was hogwash and just a way for cosmetic company's to make more money. But then I tried it. And most days it works. On days that I'm home and feel bad if I'll at least put on my moisturizer, some mascara and some lip gloss and most of the time it will perk me up a little bit. There is something about laying around in your Jammie's looking like a ragamuffin for days that can really bring down your sense of self and how you feel about yourself. So in the last few months I have been doing that most days. And I feel like it helps so much. So I really recommend that you try it. It doesn't have to be a full face, maybe just your moisturizer, mascara and something on your lips. And nothing says it had to be the expensive stuff. Lord knows my makeup isn't the high quality stuff. Just use what you like and have on hand.  To make you feel better about you. When so many days we feel so bad about ourselves. 

I know there will be some that read this and say that lady is just playing into the industry about how a women had to wear makeup to be beautiful!!  Ohhhhh so far from it. If you only knew me. I don't believe you have to wear cosmetics to be beautiful.  My sister for instance is one of the most beautiful people I know, inside and out. And most days you won't find an ounce of makeup on her face. But she takes care of her skin by using moisturizers and cleansers. And that's what makes her feel beautiful. That's really all I'm saying. Don't let your disease take your beauty away from you. Whatever it is you do to make you feel pretty and confident, THAT is what you should keep doing!!! YOU BE YOU!!!! 

Now on to my most recent makeup haul! I purchased a couple products from ULTA and got all the rest as a gift. So let's dive right in. 

We will start with what I actually purchased first. 

First is the Ulta setting spray. Being that I'm really pretty new into this makeup game I knew I needed a setting spray but didn't know where to start. I did know that I was tired of my makeup rubbing off on everything I touched to my face.  So I thought I'd start here. And I've been very happy. It's a very light spray that I apply at the end of all my other makeup. And the best part it smells really great. Ok, so maybe that's not the best part but I really enjoy the smell. Each time I've used it I've been very pleased that my makeup "look" has lasted all day (10+ hours) and doesn't come off on my phone anymore. I would definitely recommend this product and will buy again. 

Next is the Ulta Brightening Serum With Vitamin C. I wasn't completely sure what I was getting when I bought this but I LOVE it. It's very light, I apply it in the morning before my moisturizer and the rest of my face. And then again at bedtime. I don't always put moisturizer on top at bedtime. This product is so smooth and leaves my face feeling silly smooth.  It's so far the best product in this category I have bought. And I will be buying over and over again!

It leaves my face looking fresh and almost dewy on its own. It's my go to product on those days when I only want to put on one or two things. Great product. 

Now onto the gifts I received from Ulta after my above purchases

This is probably my least favorite product of the bunch. These are pre-moistened pads for eye makeup remover. I was teally excited to try them as I feel like my eye makeup is often the hardest to remove. However, I did not like the product once I tried them. I felt the pads were to moist and got everywhere. Even after trying to squeeze them out. And the liquid on the pads actually hurt my eyes. Maybe I don't use them correctly but it seems impossible not to get a little in your eyes. And when that happens my eyes burn. They may work for some people but for me they did not.  Not a product I will be buying in the future. 

Next are these beautiful colors for your checks. I will admit I never wear anything on my cheeks bc they are always red due to my lupus. And I'm

Not good with blush vs highlighted.  (Like I said earlier this makeup business is pretty new to me). At any rate, I love these colors. I have been using the French Glow, which I'm thinking is more of a highlighter, and it's beautiful. It takes some of the natural redness out of my cheeks and just gives me a really soft pretty glow!!  Another product I will buy in the future. 

On to this awesome eye shadow pallet. These colors are amazing. I didn't get to pick them, but they are the colors I wear most with the exception of one. I have enjoyed this pallet. The colors are nicely pigmented and I don't feel like I have to cake a ton on to get the look I'm going for. Very easy to layer and blend!!! 

Two of the three products Pictured here I love. The other isn't for me. I had never really used any eye shadow primer and man I didn't know what I was missing. The Ulta Beauty Nude Matte primer has been a game changer. It's amazing that I can apply my eye makeup in the morning and it's still in place and not all face by the end of the day!! What a difference it has made in my makeup game. The Ulta Beauty Amped Lashes Mascara is phenomenal!  I have really blonde lashes that you can hardly see, and with this mascara my lashes look full and voluptuous!!  The product that hasn't been for me is the Ulta Beauty Medium Brow Tint. Like is said about my lashes my brows are also very very light. When I applied this tint it felt like it was WAY to dark and looked out of place on my brows. Not to say a different shade wouldn't work better.  But for now the medium tint is much to dark.

Last but not least is this beautiful lip color, Ulta Beauty Matte Petal. When I first pulled it out of the package I thought. No way that's wat to Dark I can never pull that off. Because I geberaly wear different variations of pink. But I tried it and LOVED it. My only complaint is that it doesn't last very long. It seems like I am having to reapply within an hour or so. And I don't have time to be reapplying lipstick all the time. Love the color just needs to be longer lasting. 

Here is a picture of the whole haul! Great products overall. And a line I would definitely recommend!!

The one thing I want you to get out of this blog isn't necessarily about the makeup, although finding a new product to try is exciting. I want to to remember to DO YOU. Whatever that is. Do whatever makes you feel pretty. It doesn't matter whether anyone else thinks you look gorgeous or not. It's all about how you feel. And how it makes you feel on the inside.  So find a routine that works for you and make you feel pretty. That's the takeaway. 

‘People often say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realising that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.’ Salma Hayek

Leave me a comment letting me know what makes you feel beautiful.  I can not wait to read them!

Xoxo, Amber  *if you enjoy this types of blogs let me know. I may do more. 

Product Review

It's time for another round of reviews of the products I received from the amazing owner of The Spoonique Boutique on Etsy. All of her products are homemade and amazing. I've yet to come across a product I didn't like and if you remember she sent me a LOT of products.  First we will start with BIRTHDAY CAKE candle.  Amazing, amazing smell!!!  Truthfully made me want to eat a cupcake, LOL. Was strong but not overbearing.  My only criticism,if you want to call it that, was that it didn't seem to fill the whole room with the scent. Mainly, just the area where the candle was sitting.  And I like my candles to fill the whole trim. Some may not. That being said I would still buy another, simply because it smells so good. 

Next, I want to talk about the face masks. Both are AMAZING!!! They come in either calming scents or peppermint scent. My favorite was the calming scent.  The product went on so easily and provided a nice full coverage without feeling like your face was caked in mud. I usually left them on for about 15 minutes. And I was truthfully shocked at the results. I've used other masks in the past with little luck. But these made my face feel so amazingly soft. I have used them a couple more times and had the same result. She's got a long time customer here. A+ on this product!!! 

Next on my list are the Foaming Bath Salts. These are a lot of fun and they smell amazing. They do just what what the label says they should. And makes taking a hot bath more fun and enjoyable. 

That leads me to the Himalayan Pink Salt Bath Scrub. This product is tremendous!! I have multiple rough areas on my body and after using these in the bath my skin was as smooth as a babies skin. And really a little goes quite a long way so this small container will last you awhile. The smell is tremendous as well.  Another product I will be buying in the future. 

Then the last couple of  products that I will be discussing today are soaps. The first one is the Goats Milk Sweet Pea Soap.  This is one of my favorite actual bar soaps I've found in awhile. Knowing that it is made clean and not with a ton of chemicals in it makes me even happier. But the small is great and it does good things for your skin.  After using it I felt very clean and my skin felt very smooth.  Another great product by this shop.  

The other soap that I have used from this shop I wasn't as big of fan of and it make he the shape and size. I felt like I had a hard time holding on to it and so it was hard for it to do it's job. But the product smelled wonderful and left a good after-shower smell!  Because of the Shea Butter it did leave my skin feeling smooth. If only I could have held on to it better. Lol 

I have a few more products to review but overall almost every product I've tried has been pretty fantastic! If you are interested let me know or you can find her on Etsy or Instagram @ Thespoonqiueboutique. 

I hope when you get your products you enjoy them as much as I do!! 

-Amber 

PRODUCT REVIEW 

So last week I received a TON of product from Tracy Wood and the Spoonique Boutique on Etsy and Instagram. She sent me everything from bath bombs to lip gloss. It will take me a LONG Time to use everything but I thought I would give a quick review of what I have used so far.  This stuff is totally amazing. Put it on your lips and rub it in for a few seconds and then wipe it off and your lips will be soooooo soft. I do this a couple times a week. And I LOVE it!  

This lotion smells soooo good. And I have been using it on my feet. I have the driest feet this time of year and this has helped them to become so much softer. Would definitely recommend!

Maybe my favorite product yet. The pomegranate bath bomb!!! Totally amazing I can't say enough good things about it. Smelled amazing and my skin felt super soft after I got out of the bath and I smelled amazing too!!! Two for one!!!! 

This little treasure is MY FAVORITE!!!!! Best facial mask I've ever tried!!!! I put it on before getting in the bath and let it sit. Then washed it off when I got out. OH MY GOSH. My face has never felt so smooth and amazing. I will definitely be buying this in bulk!!!! So far everything I've tried has been great. So please head on over to Tracy's shop on Etsy, The Spoonique Boutique and pick up some of her amazing products!  You won't be disappointed!! 

(This is not a paid or sponsored  advertisement, this is a true rating based on my experience with the product)  -Amber

Product Review

Over the last few months I've been trying to find products that make my daily life easier or better. When you have so much pain daily anything you can find that makes your day a little better is a bonus. So I'm going to talk about a few products I've been using lately in hopes that they help you in some way.  The first one is MAGNESIUM LOTION by Life-Flo. This lotion contains magnesium and coconut oil so it's helpful and super soft. One thing I love about it is the smell, it smells so clean and fresh. And due to the content of coconut oil it doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.  I have a lot of pain in my hands, so for the last few days I've been using the lotion on my hands. And I can tell a big difference. My hands aren't as stiff or painful when I use the lotion.  The direction says to use it in the morning and night. And reapply as needed. I purchased this off Amazon, you might be able to find it other places. But Amazon is just so easy. I  would  definitely give this product 5 stars!!!! Below is a picture of the bottle. 

The next product(s) I have fallen in love with are part of the Bath and Body Works Sleep line.  I have been using the Night Time Tea Lotion and body wash. This product contains Cedarwood and Orange essential oils.  The body wash is fabulous because you can use it as bubble bath. And it feels super luxurious. And the smell helps me to relax when I'm tense or anxious.  The lotion is just as good!!  I often times will put it on at night to enjoy the relaxing scents of the essential oils. The lotion is thick but not greasy, so you don't feel all greasy before you get into bed.  I would give both of these products 5 stars!!  See pictures below. 

 

I hope you find this to be helpful. And if you chose to purchase the products that you enjoy them as much as I do.  If you ever used these or start using them comment and let me know what you think!! -Amber