Zenwise Labs Advanced Digestive Enzymes & Other Supplements Review

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I was sent these Advanced Digestive Enzymes and a few of their other products for review.  While it is not pleasant to admit it, I suffer from a host of digestive issues.  I guess these things just start happening and are a result of aging.  I found these to be pretty effective on most days, since I do try to watch my diet and know my list of trigger foods.  They are a plant based blend and contain a lot of ingredients that I would reach for naturally if my tummy was upset. Such as: Green Papaya, Apple Pectin, Ginger, Tumeric, Fennel Seed and Peppermint. I find that these work very well for me on most days.  However, on the days when I know I am going to be eating some of my trigger foods, I prefer using their Super Strength Ultra- 15 Probiotic.  These seem to work just a bit better for me. I was very happy to receive both however, and I think they are high quality supplements.

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The one that I preferred you can see here on the left in red.  I think the first one that I mentioned would be fine if you only suffer mildly, but my issues are a little more severe.  This version contains the typical ingredients you would find in many pro- biotics on the market today.  I just find that it works better for me on many days. I have been using all of these products for almost a month now.

They also included a Hair Growth supplement. This is a really good mixture of vitamins and contains a DHT blocker, like some of the mainstream hair growth formulas. This helps reduce hair loss. While I do have a thick head of hair, it does shed very frequently, and I am constantly cleaning out my bathroom sink drain. I have noticed since taking this, that I have had to do that a lot less often. My hair looks and feels very healthy and so do my nails. You are supposed to take it twice daily with a meal. I think if you are a person suffering from premature balding, or excessive hair loss this supplement would be a great one to try. It also makes for a nice daily multivitamin as well!

The last product is their Green Tea with Vitamin C.  I really enjoy these Green Tea and Vitamin C supplements. I am caffeine sensitive , but I don’t have to worry with these. I know I am getting in all the antioxidants I need, and with the addition of Vitamin C, those catechins in the green tea are giving me the maximum health benefit. Since they are caffeine free, I can actually take the recommended dose of 2 tablets a day. Great quality product! I honestly do hope it is helping my cholesterol as well.

I would like to thank Zenwise Labs for being so generous and providing me with all 4 of these quality supplements. They are all sold on E-bay.  I will include the links to each product here.

Advanced Digestive Enzymes:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RH5K26I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Super Strength Ultra-15 Probiotic :  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QKOD2V4/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Hair Growth Vitamins: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ONH0S8U/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Green Tea Extract: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RH5I8U0/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I received all four of these products free for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.

 

Crave Naturals Precisio Tweezers Review

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I received these amazing tweezers from Crave Naturals for review. I thought I already owned a good pair of tweezers, but not until I tried these.  They are made of stainless steel and get out the tiniest amount of hair growth, something I always assumed you had to wait to do. Frankly I was in shock at how easily these were able to do that.

They are a slant tip tweezer, and come in adorable packaging as you can see from the above picture.  Inside the case they look like this:

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You are supposed to keep them in this protective hard plastic case at all times , when not in use. I like to keep mine in both sets of packaging! Cleaning them is simple, you can just use a bit of rubbing alcohol to keep them sanitary.

Here is what they look like out of the package:

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You can see that they come with an additional protective rubber tip. I tried my best to get a close-up picture of the actual tips, but my camera blurred and glared on me after countless attempts.  Here they are however, without the protective cap.

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I honestly believe these are the best tweezers I have ever owned. They make grooming a snap! The company offered my readers a 25 percent off code for another of their products. They said to simply search eyebrow brush and use code: KBNQ8Z9R. Look for the brand Crave Naturals, this set comes in adorable packaging as well.

Here is the link on Amazon however, if you wish to check out these amazing tweezers for yourself.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J6L7HAA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I received these free for testing purposes and an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder Review

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We have all heard about the benefits of green tea, but did you know that the substance contained within is known as catechins?  Catechins are a specific class of natural polyphenols and antioxidants that help to fight against things like cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.  The catechins are what is responsible for all of the health benefits of green tea. Unfortunately , they are not as stable ( according to a Purdue University study) without the assistance of an added citrus juice.  Without a juice, less than 25% actually get absorbed into the blood stream after the digestive process. Next time you go for any cup of green tea, consider adding some lime, lemon, grapefruit or orange juice to get the full benefits.

The product that I am reviewing today is a powdered form of green tea known as Matcha from Kiss Me Organics. It is organic, non- gmo, vegan and is a culinary grade powder. Matcha, by definition, is a finely milled or fine powder green tea.  It has been used for centuries during Japanese tea ceremonies.  Quality Matcha is vibrantly green (which this one is) and is dried outdoors in the shade, and then stone ground with granite.  The daily dose for maximum benefits is 1/2 – 1 tsp. If you are caffeine sensitive, I would recommend the lower dosage.  It also contains the health benefits of being an energy booster, calorie burner, and anti-ager.

What I have found with this powdered form of green tea is that it is so versatile and can be used in so many ways, including cooking! I thought the best way to experience this for the first time was as just a plain tea. ??????????

I admit it did taste like grass on its own. However, once I added in a bit of lemon juice and some honey, it was quite delicious.  I also starting adding it to smoothies always with the addition of some citrus juice and bam! You really do get a boost of energy from this tea. It is not a hyper-active type of energy however, just a focused and calm type of energy, if that makes any sense. You get things done, but you don’t feel jittery in the least.

Since St. Patrick’s Day was this past month, I decided to bake some Key Lime cupcakes. I included the Matcha in the batter and even in the frosting itself with the addition of even more lime juice. These were probably the healthiest cupcakes I have ever made in my life!

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All of the coloring is from the Matcha alone.  I cannot say enough about this product. I never knew about powdered green tea before I was given this product to test, and had no idea of all the things you can do with it. I will continue using this on a daily basis and look forward to trying out even more recipes using this quality product. They did provide me with many recipes, and continue to send them in emails each week.  As a seller, I think they want their customers to be as informed as possible about the many uses and benefits and I appreciate that.  If you would like to experience Matcha for yourself, here is the link to the product on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00ddt116m

I received this product free for testing purposes and an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.

 

Kiss Me Organic Dandelion Root Tea and What It Can Do For You (Review and Pics)

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I never really knew much about dandelions other than the fact that my backyard grows a crop each year and that the the leaves were edible for humans and iguanas.  This tea that I am about to review for you is made from the dandelion root. It also contains hibiscus and cinnamon for taste.  They have healing properties as well: cinnamon can help lower bad cholesterol , while hibiscus helps to regulate your blood pressure and may help lower blood sugar.

The Chinese were the first to recognize the dandelion root as a medicinal herb . Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back 10,000 years ago. They used it to treat gallstones and liver or kidney problems.  This organic Dandelion root tea is raw, which maximizes the intake of the cancer fighting anti-oxidants and other nutrients.  Dandelion root promotes healthy digestion.  The more regular the solid wastes leave your body , the better the balance of good bacteria within your digestive system. It’s antioxidant properties have also been shown in some studies to be effective at suppressing the growth of many forms of caner. It helps improve your liver function and dehydration by removing toxins built up within the liver. Drinking a few cups a day can help your liver rebound from indulgences in fatty foods, sugar and alcohol.  Our livers should be doing this on their own, but we consume way too many processed foods nowadays which our bodies were not originally designed for.  It’s diuretic effects help to flush out toxic elements as well as any excess water you are carrying.  The potassium and fiber contained within are responsible for helping to reduce blood pressure. There are also many vitamins contained within the dandelion root as well as essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients.  These can help reduce inflammation which helps relieve pain and swelling due to injuries and strenuous physical activity or degenerative aches and pains.  The vitamins that the dandelion root is rich in are : A, B complex, C, D, K, potassium, iron and zinc. The B vitamins can help with mood disorders such as depression and the iron with liver function and of course the Vitamin C  boosts your immune system.

There is a possibility that some could be allergic to it if you are already allergic to daisies, marigolds, or ragweeds. You should also take caution, that since it moves things faster through your system, it could affect any medication you are currently taking and may break them down faster and make them less effective.  I fall into that category, so I have had to space out my consumption of this tea while I was testing it. It is a great detoxifier however, because it filters out excess salt, fat and sugar from your kidneys so they remain healthy and function properly. If you combine this tea with a diet of high fiber foods, your elimination system will be much more effective, which will keep you healthier and thus free from illness.

As I stated before, since I am on medication which I have to take twice a day, I wanted to make sure I did not consume more than one cup per day. I also strongly recommend if you are also on any medications to consult a physician before using any herbal supplement.

Kiss Me Organics listing is a generous portion. I received 5 boxes of tea for a total of 100 cups. They also included a great pdf file with some wonderful recipes. One of which I will mention here. The tea itself is lovely. It is a light lavender when brewed, I apologize that my camera is showing it as pink.

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This is mainly the way that I have been enjoying it, sometimes with a little stevia added.  It tastes great on its own however and is ever so slightly floral.  I have noticed that I do not feel bloated anymore and that no matter what food I choose lately, I am not having any stomach upset or reaching for the antacid tablets.  My skin looks clearer as well. I do think it is helping to detoxify my body.

They also included a pdf file, like an e-book that contained some great sounding recipes. I recently tried one.  Simply boil 2 whole cloves, simmer and add 2 tea bags, and let steep for 7 minutes. Then add a cup and a half of pineapple juice ( I used fresh and my juicer), a half cup of orange juice, and the same of lemon juice along with 2/3 cup of brown sugar and then chill for 1 hour before drinking.  Delicious and very refreshing!

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I look forward to trying even more of the included recipes.  I recommend this tea to any tea drinker or person who wants to experience its detoxifying effects! Here is where you can purchase it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NFYLN18

 

 

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Radha Argan Oil Review and What is Argan Oil?

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I received a bottle of this 100% pure and certified organic Argan Oil to test from Radha Beauty. They also sent me a nice little E-book with some possible uses which I will mention as well in this post. I have tried other Argan oils in the past and had mixed results.  Some were fine for use on my hair, but not on my face and vice versa.  You also have to make sure that that if you are going to use Argan oil in a multitude of ways, that it is 100% pure and does not contain other ingredients such as mineral oil.

It is a generous 4 oz sized bottle and comes with a convenient dropper for ease in use.  You really do have to experiment a bit at first to see how much you need for your hair or face. Usually just a few drops is fine.  I have used this as a facial moisturizer, nail and cuticle conditioner, and on my hair (wet and dry) as well as on my feet and hands.  My skin just soaks it up, and it leaves my face glowing and rosy without feeling greasy one tiny bit.  A few drops massaged through wet hair , I have used as a heat protectant, and it also has helped control the frizz of my naturally curly hair. After applying it to either my face or hands, instead of wiping off any excess, I simply rub it into the ends of my dry hair for extra conditioning.  It has not weighed my hair down one bit, but kept it shiny and healthy looking.

Other possible uses that I have not tried would be as a hot oil treatment, scalp conditioner, leave in overnight treatment and other multiple skin uses.  I have had very good results with this particular brand and will continue to use it.  You can purchase it here on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KECCJTY

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Read on to learn more about the origins of Argan oil!

The Argan Tree ( Argania Spinosa) is one of the oldest trees on earth. Some say it has been around for over a million years.  The trees themselves live up to at least 200 years if not longer. It only grows in one place in the entire world and that is Morocco. The roots of this tree have a built in defense mechanism for arid and drought conditions. They bury themselves deep into the earth seeking out any moisture and water and remains green and healthy while everything else around is dry and barren. These trees start bearing fruit when they are between 30-50 years old. They only do this once a year, and one Argan tree produces only a mere liter of the Argan oil.  This is why this oil is sometimes referred to as “liquid gold”.

It is a labor intensive procedure to make, and is usually performed only by women.  Each nut that the tree produces contains 1-3 kernels which are surrounded by a thick peel and fleshy pulp.  The workers must first dry the fruit in the open air, remove the pulp, then crack the nuts to get at the kernels.  They have tried to mechanize this process with poor results.  The kernels are then ground by hand to extract the oil which is decanted for two weeks in bottles so that all the sediment falls to the bottom and can be easily strained.

Since Argan Oil has become so popular in the past decade, the trees are now protected and women’s co-ops have been founded, which help these women provide a better life for their family. The reason so many skin care companies have jumped on this ingredient is due to the high concentrations  of Vitamin E  (higher than that of olive oil) and that it also contains a multitude of fatty acids.

Adeline Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Matrixyl Review


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This has become my favorite moisturizer to use first thing in the morning. It might be the addition of the peppermint oil that helps wake up my groggy self. It is a medium consistency moisturizer and it feels a bit sticky right after applying, but that goes away in just a minute or two, and then I am free to apply my makeup, if I am wearing any that day.

It’s not just great for your face, but can also be used on the neck, hands or anywhere else on your skin. The only place it is not meant for is the eye area. It will sting, again due to the peppermint oil. I love how it soaks into my hands and forearms and really takes away the dryness and plumps the skin up immediately , feeling soft and moisturized.

It contains some great ingredients for anti-aging like Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl, Vitamin C,  Peptides, Shea Butter and Green Tea Extract. It is very gentle and can be used on all skin types. You can use it as a stand-alone moisturizer after cleansing and toning the skin, or over the addition of a serum if you use one.

Adeline Beauty is a small company , founded by a husband and wife team, that really cares a lot about their customers experience with their products. As well as not wanting to add any nasty chemicals to their line, they also wanted to make it affordable. They also take things into consideration, such as how the pump functions and how the bottle feels in a person’s hand. It is proudly made in the U.S.A. If you are looking for a nice multi-purpose  moisturizer, I truly think you will enjoy this one from Adeline Beauty. Here is where you can purchase and check out the product on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KVEEVNW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I received this product free for testing and an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are strictly my own.

 

Pure and Essential Minerals Dead Sea Mud Mask Review

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Since the times of Cleopatra, the Dead Sea and its healing and restorative properties have been utilized.  The Dead Sea is really a giant salt lake and contains high concentrations of  magnesium, sodium, phosphates, bromides, calcium, sulphur, iodine, zinc and potassium.  The mud itself contains all of these minerals as well.

This is my first time using any Dead Sea mud mask , but I have heard about them for several years now.  I really had no idea what to expect. I received this one from Pure & Essential Minerals, a skincare line that specialized in only using natural ingredients.  The first ingredient is Dead Sea Mud. It also contains Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hickory Bark Extract,  Organic Calendula Oil, Filtered Water and Eucalyptus Oil. All natural and organic ingredients, so I had no qualms about using this product on my skin.

This mask is great for all types of skin, including sensitive skin . With all of these wonderful ingredients, it helps to hydrate your skin, reduces rough patches and inflammation and has been shown to actually kill acne-causing bacteria.  It nourishes and detoxifies your skin at the same time.  The natural silica in the mud works when it hardens on the face. This process extracts the toxins within your skin and adheres them to the mud, dead skin cells are also adhered to the mud at the same time. What you wind up with in the end is clearer skin and very clean pores. It also stimulates the blood  circulation to your skin cells which will help with any uneven skin tones or patches of dry skin, and as an added benefit, helps reduce wrinkles.

It is so powerful, that it is only meant to be used no more than once a week. This is the way you use it. Simply apply a medium layer to your face and upper neck and leave it on to dry for 5-10 minutes. After the mask is dry, you remove it with warm water and gently rub in a circular motion on your face. This helps with exfoliation. After that, you just wash away any excess with a washcloth and warm water and pat your skin dry.

This is what it looks like on the face:

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For me, it dried very quickly, next time I will try a bit more product. It had a pleasant tingling sensation, probably due to the Eucalyptus oil included within the ingredients. It felt good on my skin, and after it was completely removed I still felt the tingling sensation for about 10-15 minutes more.  I looked in my makeup mirror on 5X magnification and sure enough, any blackheads in the nose area had disappeared and my pores looked clean and tight.  It was such a pleasant experience, that I honestly cannot wait to use this mask again.  The consistency is not very thick, and a bit watery, but not overly so, in the least.  A little bit goes a very long way!  It has a shelf life of one year and is a cruelty free product.

A nice added extra to this product was a little sticker on the top of the jar with the offer of a free e-book on skincare.  Great little book that described what foods were good to eat for healthy skin and all of the ingredients we need to look out for when choosing products to  use in our beauty regimens. I found it very helpful and informative and that is saying something, since I consider myself to be a “skincare junkie”.  I really think anyone would enjoy this product and see great results even with just one use.

If you would like to check it out for yourself, here is the link on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/Dead-Facial-Mask-BONUS-EBOOK/dp/B00C8YCFU4/ref=keywords=facial+cleanser

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