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.

Simple 25 minute workout

So some mornings when I just don’t feel like going to the gym or busting out the weights, I like to do some simple cardio and core workouts!
It’s more of an all over body workout but I usually try to target one area a bit more than the others and change it everyday as to not wear myself out.

So let’s get started,
I start out my day with a Fat Burning Green Smoothiethen I hop right into this work out

5 minutes of stretching – I like to be pretty thorough with this and usually do dance stretches which I will demonstrate for you in a future post

30 Jumping jacks
7 push ups
10 squats
15 crunches
1 minute wall sit
30 second plank
30 jumping jacks
5 push-ups
7 squats
15 crunches

30 second break

10 crunches
25 squats
15 sit-ups
(This will change daily after a week, so I will post that soon and link it here;)

Water and 30 second break

30 jumping jacks
5 push-ups
7 squats
15 crunches
1 minute plank
30 sec wall sit
30 jumping jacks
7 push ups
5 squats
10 crunches

Be sure to completely stretch out AFTER your workout and eat something WITHIN 30 minutes, whether it be a hand full of almonds, a banana or veggies just eat SOMETHING!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoy your morning work out and remember to have fun with it and if you NEED to take a break between exercises limit it to 15 seconds 30 at most and to always stay hydrated.
If you feel dizzy or light headed STOP IMMEDIATELY and hydrate yourself and let you body cool down, if this happens consistently I would seek professional medical attention before resuming ANY kind of strenuous activity.

Talk with you later friends
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Weekly fitness challenge

Good morning/afternoon/evening, Friends!!

This weeks simple fitness challenge will be to get your blood pumping at least 4 times a day, EVERYDAY!

Try this, every time you go into the washroom, do 20-40 Standing calve raises. This is something everyone can do wether they are at work or at home, it is especially great if have a desk job and need to get some circulation going in those antsy legs of yours!

This weeks simple healthy choice challenge is to make one fruit/veggie snack choice a day, what I mean by that is to opt for a fruit or vegetable INSTEAD of your usual snack or side. So basically if you usually eat chips, grab some almonds and an apple or banana.

Want a bit more of a challenge?
Add 25-40 jumping jacks to your calve raises, this won’t give you too much of a sweat but you will feel so much more awake throughout your day.

Try eating the majority of your carbs at night. What? At night? Well yes of course at night. It’s broscience, you’re probably thinking that’s insane but please do read the article. I have done even more extensive research on this and would be happy to link that all below but I figured if you’re like me, and hate reading 30 pages of scientific mumbo-jumbo, you’d appreciate the simplicity that is bodybuilder friendly science 😉

Thanks for your time, hopefully this helps! Remember baby steps are completely acceptable and if you want, I will be happy to provide you with a full weekly workout routine!

Disclaimer***
Unfortunately, I am not a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and any suggestions on a diet will be purely my opinion and although I know they it will make a significant change, it would be best to seek a professional consultation if you have any health concerns!
I am however, a certified personal trainer and can vouch for any and every personalized routine I may give.

Also photo credit to Verge Mag. UK