Garcinia Cambogia Extract -Dear Nature Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

Welcome (:

If you haven’t heard of Garcinia Cambogia then you’re in luck because you’re going to be seeing A LOT of it on my blog for the next few weeks! Also, this was set to publish over two weeks ago and yet again I failed at getting that correct so my apologies on the flood of reviews you’re about to be getting and for the delay!

Garcinia Cambogia is a supplement formulated with things like HCA (hydroxycitric acid) which blocks fat by obstructing enzymes that makes your body need fats from carbs. Typically when your body isn’t using your sugary or complex carbs right away for energy they are stored and eventually transform into those pesky fat cells. So the theory here is that this supplement is supposed to block the cells from being stored and also allow the ones you already have, to release fat lipids to be used as energy.

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Claims of this particular brand which is Dear Nature, if you didn’t catch that in the title, are that is contains the highest amount of pure Garcinia with 60% HCA concentration, clinically shown to block fat, suppress your appetite and reduce your calorie consumption. In doing this you will feel fuller longer and that should prevent any urges to over eat or binge throughout the day. It also claims to enhance your mood because GC appears to have an instant effect on serotonin levels in the brain and as a result of the mood increase and appetite suppression, your energy level should enhance.

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First impression, typical capsule and packaging. 60 count bottle, 2 capsules daily, so 30 servings per bottle. I’m used to taking 4-6 capsules a day, either 2 before each meal or 2 before the 2 largest meals of the day so just taking 2 was a bit odd for me. They had no side effects, as expected and didn’t taste or smell like anything.

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Experience and final thoughts would be that they didn’t work as effectively when I only took 2 capsules a day vs when I took 4 a day so if you’re daring like myself then I do suggest taking the 4 to see some number changes on the scale that make you smile. I lost a healthy additional amount of 2 lbs weekly with 4 daily pills vs the 1ish with only 2 daily pills. This was combined with my lower calorie diet and 30+ minutes of daily cardio!
I do recommend these especially if you’re new to dieting and to portion control as these will certainly give you the confidence and little boost you need to kick start your diet! Also, as I am not completely out of shape I noticed there was a significant change in bloating and I realized my stomach was flat even immediately after eating.

Feel free to ask any questions, leave comments or message me with any other thoughts!

*****GIVEAWAY INFO*****
All you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed to my blog, share this post and comment on this post why you want to try Dear Natures Garcinia Cambogia!

So simple! Giveaway ends 9/12/14 (:
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Winner will be picked using random.org since wordpress isn’t compatible with other widgets /:

The link to purchase is pretty much everywhere but you may also click here to get your 60 ct pills for just $16.99!
Thanks for reading!

Xo,
Ana

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Valentia Even Glow Serum Review

Welcome!

 

Let me start by saying that this review was scheduled to be posted two weeks ago but somehow never made it on my page. My apologies!

 

Even Glow Serum is a Vitamin C serum that is meant to repair, refresh and renew your skin giving your complexion a more even look and feel over time. It is made with 98% natural ingredients and also claims to diminish dark spots and discoloration, boost collagen production so that your skin “retains the elasticity responsible for a youthful appearance and prevent sagging associated with aging” and make take ‘years’ off your appearance. Lastly it’s supposed to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles with special ingredients such as Sea Buckthorn oil to plump the skin making it clearer and younger.

 

With that being said lets get to the first impression. First off, the box the bottle comes in is super fancy looking, it definitely does look like its up there with department store competitors and the bottle is nice also. It has the glass dropper and all. The serum itself is a yellow color, looks very creamy and isn’t too runny so its easy to apply, has a slight scent, its floral or fruity, I really cant decide but its extremely pleasant and not too over powering at all. Application as I said is pretty easy, it goes on smooth and isn’t sticky if you apply sparingly and work it in a bit. Dries fairly quickly and your moisturizer or primer goes on like normal and doesn’t cake up with the extra layer.

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Personal experience was actually quite pleasant, it didn’t break me out or make my skin too oily so that always a plus in my book. My skin does feel and look better than it had prior to using this serum and I will note that even when only using it at night I saw a difference in the brightness of my skin.

Final thoughts would be yes, I do recommend this products for long term use and I do see it helping with existing skin conditions. I cannot comment on the antiaging properties as I do not have many signs of aging except slight smile lines but those aren’t going anywhere without getting under the knife lol

But I do honestly think it has made my skin look more plump and youthful so I give it an A.

 

Its only $35 on Amazon for 1.18oz of product which is pretty standard for a serum and you’ll also get a FREE  Age Defying Facial Treatments ebook with over 20 beauty recipes including this one that I tried and loved and am sharing with you now:

All you need is

1 tsp of Matcha Powder and  few drops of water or if you have dry skin aloe gel
-I added a few drops of lemon to mine because I like how it feels (:

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Mix until it’s a paste and apply to face and neck with brush to avoid transferring oils from your fingers to your face

Leave on 20-30 minutes then rinse offwith warm water and a cloth or konjac sponge

Use to 1-3 times weekly!

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It should look like his, not mine. I didn’t put enough water because I liked the texture of it lol fail!

The mask is said to Improve dull skin as well as exfoliates dead skin cells, follow with your Valentia Serum for a moisturized finish!

Thanks for reading feel free to comment or ask any questions~

xo,

Ana

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Raspberry Ketones -Pure Natural Review

Hey there!

Pure Natural Raspberry Ketones claim they are not Synthesized in Lab, It is extracted from Natural Sources, No Additives, No Fillers or Artificial Ingredients and no binders.

They work by increasing the fatty acid oxidation and stimulate Adiponectin (a protein that aids in regulating Glucose level) which burns the fat and converts it into energy when needed and as a result it suppresses your appetite.  “Raspberry Ketones Works as an Efficient Weight Loss Supplement when it combined with balanced diet and Regular Exercise.”

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First impression was me wondering why they were “raspberry” ketones when they aren’t flavored and that the red capsules were refreshing! I think the packaging is simple and convenient. The product itself doesn’t have have any flavors or odors and from my experience no noticeable inconvenient side effects.
I take them as recommended, 2 capsules before each meal so 6 a day and I haven’t experienced any discomfort.

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Do they work? I do think they aid in appetite suppression. I don’t feel or look bloated after eat and mainly that is because I do not over eat or over indulge. It’s not a drastic difference because it isn’t one of those crazy weight loss pills, you will feel a difference before the weight loss is noticeable, like with any diet. I did notice an increase in my mood and also I was losing an EXTRA 1-2 lbs a week when I added this to my already lower calorie diet and exercise routine so I was SAFELY losing 3-4lbs a week.

Final thoughts would be to give it a try IF you are already exercising and eating right. I don’t think it’ll do much if you’re not actively making an effort to lose weight, it’s not a miracle pill it’s more of a booster. Overall it’s doesn’t seem to be harmful or harsh at all, and I do see a difference when using it.

Thank you for reading!

Xo,

Ana

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

NIGHTFOOD Cookies N’ Dream Review

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I am absolutely in love with these delicious bars of chocolaty goodness.

 

 Night food bars are a dietary supplement bar that “satisfies after dinner cravings, keeps your diet on track, supports better sleep and is a good source of fiber and protein.” I agree with these statements 100%! With ingredients like organic brown rice syrup, chicory, rolled oats, chocamine and puffed amaranth (protein rich, gluten free grain) you can snack happy without worrying about all of the artificial flavors and chemicals that come from candy bars and relax with a bar that actually supports a healthier eating lifestyle! If that doesn’t convince you to try them, these 140 calorie night time snack bars are packed with  great things like fiber, calcium, iron and 6g of protein with only 9g of sugar and 35 calories from fat but taste just like a regular grocery store snack bar (but better ;)!

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First impression was that they were a bit messy when I broke it apart, it is all put together very well but that is expected from anything you eat. There are 6 perfect snack size bars per “filling” and “satisfying” box. These ‘optimized nighttime nutrition’ bars are all that they claim to be. I do feel like they did help me fall into a peaceful sleep faster, not in a medicated kind of way but in a relaxing and calming way. They do taste like they are made with rich cocoa so I wasn’t surprised to see that they used Chocamine, also they taste similar to a protein bar so they aren’t overwhelmingly sweet like a candy bar would be at 11 pm. I didn’t get a sugar rush nor did I still crave anything sweet after eating these. I have eaten about 3 bars over the last week or two so I am fairly certain of the effects it has on me vs those of the normal salty, sweet fatty things we all crave late at night!

 

Final thoughts, I recommend this product! It’s fairly inexpensive to try, your first box if FREE just pay $4.95 for s&h then cancel your subscription, hassle free, if you don’t absolutely love it! If you just have a tendency to wake up in the middle of the night, hungry, this is something you should try. If you are someone who does get late night cravings and you know that apples and grapes aren’t going to hit that sweet spot and you want to indulge beery once in a while without all of the guilt then I do recommend these. I don’t however think you should purchase these thinking they are a night time sleep aid, they will not put you out like a PM pill and that is NOT their purpose, they do however aid in a more calming and restful sleep. Don’t take it from me, try them for yourself here, you have TWO great flavors to choose from, Cookies N’ Dream and/or Midnight Chocolate Crunch!

Also don’t forget to leave any feedback or questions you may have in the comments section!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

xo,

Ana

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

LIP MONTHLY -August 2014

Hawdy!

Lip Monthly is beauty subscription box that gives you 2-3 FULL SIZED lip products and 2-3 other beauty products for just $10/Month! They used to have the products in the standard logo box that you would get for most other boxes but they recently switched to bags so that the products would all fit! Also there is talk of customization for the boxes, don’t quote me it’s just what I heard through the beautyvine 😉

August bag contents

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So as you can see I received 5 full sized products and this adorable “Lip Monthly” printed bag. The bag is pretty well made and I will probably add it to my collection of travel bags or use it for giveaways or to store freebies.

City Color Lip balm – $2.99

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I received the color “Ultra Pink” which is absolutely gorgeous but not my color. However the texture is amazing very smooth, glides on effortlessly and it’s pretty opaque. It has the nicest subtle fruity scent which is always a plus in my book. It’s also pretty moisturizing so I could see myself wearing my shade of choice regularly.

Love the formula, will be trying in a different color.

City Color “Be Matte lipstick” – $3.99

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I received the color “Phoebe” or M33 it’s a deep pink color with some purple? Eh it’s weird, not my usual go to but I’m sure I can do something with it.
It’s pretty rough to apply, doesn’t really glide on very smoothly so make sure to exfoliate your lips pretty well. Color pay off is great, super opaque and feels light on so I imagine it being comfortable for long wear. No noticeable scent.

All on all I probably wouldn’t purchase this product solely because the formula is kind of harsh.

Color City “Magic Balm” – $3.99

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Have no idea where to find this as it is not on the website but I do like it. There’s no name so I am assuming this was just a balm they have. It’s sheer, scent less and very soft when applying. Pretty moisturizing so maybe apply this under the matte lipstick? Hmmm…

I would totally buy this again, it’s so super soft I just want to rub it on my lips all day!

Jesses Girl “Liquid Glass Lip Gloss” – $4.99

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Got the shade “Lickity Split” which is no longer on their website or isn’t on there yet, not sure. This isn’t a sticky gloss so I don’t hate it, it has some shimmer in it that I’m not a fan of so I will be giving it to my niece. It has a smell to it, not sure what it is but it’s a sweet scent, not obnoxious though. It’s pretty sheer so it would probably pair well with a matte base.

I would not purchase this for myself, because I’m not a gloss girl or into shimmery lips but if my niece likes it I wouldn’t be against buying her another one.

Pixie “Lid Last Shadow Pen” – $16

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The box reads “This no-transfer, line-smoothing eye crayon glides on like a cream & dries to a powder. Light reflecting pigments deflect light away from fine lines & vitamin E protects delicate eye area.”

Ummm… That’s a lot of stuff for this little pencil but I will say that in the shade I received, which is “Gentle Gold” I could see it reflecting a lot of things! It is ridiculously creamy, so smooth and glides on my butter but just not as messy ;p It is extremely pigmented and a little goes a long way. It does dry fairly quickly and I didn’t notice it showing the lines in my hands or creasing from the movement so it is a pretty good pencil. It smells like a crayon, literally a crayon! Lol

I would maybe purchase this product again for special occasions!

As you can tell I took the pictures off the websites to show you the other color options so you could maybe have an idea if you’d like to try them or not and because I take crappy photos! Lol

Swatches… Well… As good as I could get it.

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Also, feel free to use my LIP MONTHLY AMBASSADOR and the promo code SUMMERLIPS to get your first box for just $6.99 !!

Also City Color is CRUELTY FREE ❤️

Thanks for reading 💋

*Disclaimer*
I did not get this for review, all opinions are my own.

Low(er) Calorie Peanut Butter Cookies with TRUVIA!

Hawdy!

Let’s get right to this easy peasy recipe so we can enjoy the fact that they have over 1,500 LESS calories (approx 30 cals less per cookie) yeah that’s but still taste the absolute same, if not better than original peanut butter cookies.

Ingredients needed:
2 Cups Truvia
2 Cups Natural Raw crunchy peanut butter
1Tsp Vanilla
2Tsp Baking soda
Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)

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Now I love salted caramels, salt water taffy and lighted salted peanuts so I added the pinch of salt on the top on the cookies AFTER they were rolled, presses and on the baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 350
Add peanut butter and sugar to bowl and stir until mixed thoroughly
Lightly beat eggs, add in half mix with mixer until incorporated then repeat with last of the egg
Add in vanilla, baking soda and salt and stir until mixed

Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Roll dough into one inch balls and place about two inches apart
Use a fork to make your little grids
Place in oven for 8-12 minutes depending on your preference (shorter time softer cookie)
Leave on baking sheet for 5 minutes to cool before placing on cooling rack or leave on for crunchy cookies!

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You could also add a sprinkle of chocolate chips and/or toffee pieces to your gridded cookies for a little something extra!

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Well that’s my recipe for now, check back later this week to see my No Bake Cacao Peanut cookie recipe you’re going to love it!

Thanks for viewing 💋

DermOrganics Skin Care Sampler Review

Hello there,

So a few weeks ago a group of ladies on FB mentioned cold emailing to companies we were interested in trying, and ask for samples via there “contact us” link soooo that’s what I did. I wrote down a list of over 20 companies that have natural skin care lines or organic skin care lines and I started doing my research and emailing. This wasn’t the easiest thing to do, initially I was told to just write an email and copy and paste it to them all but I found that to be impossible with the different types of products I was interested in. So anyways I decided to try all of the trial sized samples, the ones I can get at least a weeks use from, and write reviews on them.

DermOrganic sent me two boxes of travel sized products, one box contained face wash/moisturizing samples and the other was for hair which will be a completely different review.

A little background info from their site “DermOrganic® formulations are based around naturally-derived ingredients that replicate the elements
hair and skin use inside to replenish, refresh and maintain their youthful vigor from the outside…

Our regimen is based on the simple idea that less is more.
Only the finest, most essential and fully researched ingredients go into our formulas.
The results are youthful-looking hair & skin every day. ”

The Skin Care Sampler is Oil Free, Fragrance Free and all that other good stuff. It retails for $15 it includes;

SoapLess Facial Cleanser which retails for $20 for 8fl oz
It is soap free but strong enough to remove makeup, gentle enough for the eye area. Imparts fresh tight feel without dryness etc.
– It goes on like a moisturizer, feels super silky and doesn’t have any scent at all like it claims. But I don’t think it removes make up completely. I use my Dr.Sponge with it, which I recommend anyways to thoroughly remove any makeup. It is very gentle so it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. My only complaint is that my face doesn’t have that tingling clean feeling after I wash it, and it may just be me but I really love that feeling. Lol20140801-094040-34840726.jpg

Then there’s the Facial Moisturizer $20 for 3.4fl oz
It claims to soften skin and improve elasticity, minimize fine lines and is a sheer formula that absorbs quickly.
– My skin is fairly soft but I don’t think this moisturizer is very moisturizing. My skin still looks dry and flakey after using this and then it gets super oily which means I didn’t moisturize properly. Maybe it’s because I have combo skin, I think it would work perfectly on someone with Normal skin.

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Lastly it randomly includes Hand and Body Moisture Lotion $20 for 12fl oz
This one claims to be a hydrating cream for hand and body that leaves skin feeling soft, clean and moisturizer. Goes on sheer, glides on and absorbs quickly.
– ehhhh this is just not for me, I used it after a shower and I didn’t look ashy or anything but my skin also wasn’t moisturized at all! I wouldn’t recommend this product because I don’t think it’s worth the price.

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For some reason they didn’t include their Calming Facial Toner (which retails $20 for 8fl oz) in the sampler but I do have my own toner that I will be using for the next week and seeing if that makes any difference, I will be sure to insert an update with that and my final thoughts.

Great claims, awesome ingredients but in the last week since I’ve used it I have been noticing I am breaking out a bit, maybe because I’m not getting enough moisture or because the products isn’t equipped to handle my ridiculous acne proneness.
So I do suggest using a spot treatment and an acne fighting moisturizer if you do have acne prone skin.

Overall, I would recommend this skincare like to someone who doesn’t have problematic skin or to those who have sensitive skin.

Also, DermOrganic is proudly;
VEGAN – NO ANIMAL TESTING – NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES – SULFATE-FREE & GLUTEN-FREE
NO SODIUM CHLORIDE, SALT, MEA, DEA OR DYES – PARABEN-FREE & PROPYLENE GLYCOL-FREE – pH BALANCED 4.5 – 5.5
OIL FREE & FRAGRANCE FREE SKIN CARE

These are my own thoughts, I was sent this sample for free but not for any reviewing purposes.