Product Review & Giveaway: Beauty by Shea’s Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter

I’ve always had problematic/sensitive skin since I was a little girl. I always have to be very cautious about what skin care products to buy/use and I veer towards those with organic and natural ingredients, as they work the best for me.

One of the ingredients that have worked well for me over the years is Shea Butter. I have never used it in its pure and raw form in the past and I was ecstatic when Beauty by Shea gave me the chance to review their “Organic and Unfiltered Shea Butter”!

IMG_5774I received a 16 oz (1lb) bag of Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter from Beauty By Shea – all natural and with nothing else added to it!

SHEA BUTTER – UP, CLOSE AND PERSONAL:

Shea Butter comes from the karite shea tree that is native to Africa. Unrefined and raw shea butter contains vitamins, minerals (e.g. Vitamins A, E, F and K) as well as essential fatty acids and is known for its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Raw organic unrefined shea butter maintains its healing and therapeutic qualities and will keep the skin moist and supple. It is perfect for topical use on skin and hair and the perfect essential ingredient for homemade lotions, soaps, conditioners and more!

IMG_5775Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter from Beauty By Shea in all its ivory glory!

PRODUCT VERDICT AND UPDATE:

We have hard water out here in Burkburnett, Texas and I have started using Beauty by Shea’s raw shea butter as a protective salve. I take a small amount of the raw shea butter (trust me, a little goes a long way!), use it all over my body and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before I shower or take a bath. Now, my skin has been feeling rejuvenated, less sensitive…and I could not be happier! It really is a fact that the healing properties of shea butter is at its best when it is in its raw organic unrefined form!

Also, this shea butter has significantly lessened the excessive dryness and watery nodules on my hands and fingers. Since I didn’t want any of you to get grossed out, I was mindful enough not to post a “before photo” of my hand.  All the dry patches and blisters on my index and middle fingers started healing after almost a week of using the product. Except for the tiny patch of dry skin on one of my fingers, everything is a-okay and back to normal!

I’ve even tried applying it on my feet before going to sleep and covering it with socks for an overnight hydrating treatment. So far…I am a very happy and satisfied camper!

IMG_5772A photo of my fingers after a few days of using Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter from Beauty By Shea.

SHEA BUTTER – A VERSATILE PRODUCT WITH MANY BENEFITS:

There are so many other ways that you can use Beauty by Shea’s Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter. I have personally been using it for my lips, cuticles and I have even been mixing it with my favorite organic lotion for extra moisturizing benefits.

In addition, you can use it as a cream on your elbows and knees. Shea butter hydrates, soothes and balances the skin. It works well as a dry scalp treatment, for chapped lips and to help soften cracked dry skin. You can add it to your conditioner, to provide more moisture and nourishment to your hair. It can also be applied on your legs after shaving, as it has softening and soothing properties. It is safe to use on babies and pregnant women’s bellies for stretch marks, as it works really well on sensitive skin. It can be used as a facial moisturizer, as it has healing properties that can improve your skin’s appearance and texture. Studies show that Pure Organic Unrefined Shea Butter has cellular renewal properties, so you can also use it as an anti aging balm.

Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter from Beauty By Shea has more therapeutic uses, but I thought I’d share the most practical ones with all of you. I prefer and trust this brand over others, because I have proven that it truly works on my problematic skin! It is double filtered, first in Ghana, and then at the company’s US Laboratory where it is manufactured into 1 pound bricks. It is then packaged into heat sealed bags and sent straight to Amazon thereby preserving the natural richness and purity of the shea butter.

If you wish to try this product, you can Buy it on Amazon through the link below:

Beauty by Shea’s Pure Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter

If you wish to win an 8 ounce bag of this pure organic unrefined raw shea butter, please click on the link below:

Beauty by Shea Product Giveaway!

Disclaimer: 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. I was not monetarily compensated to share my views and opinions on this product. I’m just a regular consumer and I appreciate reading and giving honest feedback about products that regular people like me use on a daily basis or consider buying. My views and opinions are from a customer/end user’s standpoint.

Thank you so much for checking my blog out and stay tuned for my next blog post!

Product Review: 80% HCA Garcinia Cambogia Extreme Weight Loss Formula by Sonora Nutrition

As I have said many times in the past, Type 2 Diabetes is a reversible disease. Eating healthy, exercising and shedding off unwanted pounds are all important to get good A1C/blood sugar levels. Weight loss can help lower your blood-glucose levels and blood pressure and improve your blood-fat levels if they are not in the healthy range. However, there are times when achieving your weight loss and health goals can prove to be such a daunting task. I can personally attest to this!

Recently, I had to undergo surgery and for the longest time, I could not work out because I needed time to heal. Understandably, I gained a little bit of weight – something I am trying to avoid because weight gain can have a significant impact on one’s A1C levels. Now, I have been slowly going back to light workout routines and one thing that has helped me lose what weight I gained is Garcinia Cambogia – 80% HCA Garcinia Cambogia Extreme Weight Loss Formula by Sonora Nutrition, to be exact.  If you wish to try this supplement, I suggest that you talk to your doctor/endocrinologist first to see if it will work with any/other prescription medications that you are taking.

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Garcinia cambogia is primarily a weight-loss aid. It may also be beneficial to diabetics, as it is believed to improve glucose metabolism by delaying and reducing intestinal glucose absorption after meals. In addition, studies show that this herb aids in controlling hunger. It may help you lose weight by discouraging fat formation, increase fat oxidation and reducing food intake.

80% HCA Garcinia Cambogia Extreme Weight Loss Formula Supplement by Sonora Nutrition is laboratory tested and said to have the highest potency available for maximum weight loss. It has the best formula and is 100% pure. It has no fillers, binders, or artificial ingredients. Also, it is infused with Potassium, Calcium and Chromium for maximum absorption and efficacy. Sonora Nutrition’s 80% HCA Garcinia Cambogia is more than just a weight loss supplement because it promotes overall health improvement. It increases Serotonin for improved mood and better sleep and promotes healthy cholesterol levels.

If you wish to try this this product out, you can Buy on Amazon through the link below:

(Click Me!) 80% HCA Garcinia Cambogia Extreme Weight Loss Formula – All Natural Appetite Suppressant and Weight Loss Supplement by Sonora Nutrition

You will all be pleased to know that this company offers “Guaranteed Results” and in addition to Amazon’s 30­-day refund policy, they back up their products with a 365-­day money-­back guarantee. If you aren’t completely satisfied with your results, you may contact them and you will get a full refund with no questions asked – so it’s totally risk free!

Disclaimer: 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. I was not monetarily compensated to share my views and opinions on this product. I’m just a regular consumer and I appreciate reading and giving honest feedback about products that regular people like me use on a daily basis or consider buying. My views and opinions are from a customer/end user’s standpoint.

Thank you so much for checking my blog out and stay tuned for my next blog post!

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Product Review: V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup

As I have mentioned in some of my blog posts, I used to be a type 2 diabetic and I am always on the lookout for products and ingredients that I can incorporate in my low carb meals. Because I am very conscious of me and my husband’s carbohydrate intake, I cook almost all our meals on a daily basis. As much as possible, I make all of our baked goods from scratch as well.

I was very ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to do a review on “V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup” because the yacon fruit was one of my staple snacks when I was still living in Asia – the Philippines to be exact. Fresh yacon has a slightly sweet taste and a crunchy texture similar to that of an apple or jicama, while its flavor is close to that of a watermelon. Finding fresh yacon out here in Texas is next to impossible…so knowing that Organic Yacon Root Syrup is readily available through Amazon is amazing news to me!

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The Yacon fruit is considered a “Super Food” and syrup made from yacon root is said to be a big help in lowering one’s blood sugar levels. Some studies also claim that it has anticancer benefits and may promote healthy heart and liver function. It is low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for pre-diabetics/diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.

V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup has a pleasant caramel taste and I use it daily to sweeten my coffee and tea. I must admit that it makes my coffee tastier because of its caramel flavor – and I am loving it more than the organic stevia sweetener that I get from my local health store. I have also used it with my low carb pancakes and as a sweetening agent for my baked muffins and cupcakes. I’m itching to describe it as “yummy” or “omnomnom” but that wouldn’t sound too professional on a blog review, huh?! Kidding aside…it tastes really good!

If you wish to try this product and live a healthier life, please click on the link below:

V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup (Click Me!)

This product is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. Only the highest quality Yacon plants were used to make a premium pure syrup formula. This product is organic, has no added preservatives and certified by the company’s manufacturing specialists. It is bottled and tested in an FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.

Disclaimer: 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. I was not monetarily compensated to share my views and opinions on this product. I’m just a regular consumer and I appreciate reading and giving honest feedback about products that regular people like me use on a daily basis or consider buying. My views and opinions are from a customer/end user’s standpoint.

Thank you so much for checking my blog out and I hope to see all of you on my next post!

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Product Review: 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts

Let me start my review by saying that I think I found a Tea Tree Oil brand that works really well for me and my sensitive skin – 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts! I have used a prominent brand of tea tree oil in the past, but it just didn’t work well for me because it irritated my skin. I didn’t want to go out looking like a lobster, so I just gave up on it and quit using tea tree oil altogether!

I was quite hesitant when I decided to do a review on Apothecary Extracts’ 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil. However, all the hype about this natural oil piqued my curiosity, enough for me to want to try it again. Before I got the product in the mail, I did a little research about it and was pleasantly surprised at how versatile this product truly is! I was thinking that if it doesn’t work out for my face, I can use it for a gazillion other things as it naturally fights acne, fungus, lice, yeast infections, skin tags, cold sores, dandruff, ringworm, fleas, warts, psoriasis, etc. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa. Some people even add it to their bath water to treat cough, bronchial congestion, and pulmonary inflammation.

Anyway, I am very happy to inform all of you that this particular brand of tea tree oil is very powerful yet mild enough not to cause my skin to turn beet red! *INSERT HAPPY DANCE HERE* I did not break out in hives, I did not get any rashes and it got rid of some minor breakouts I had! Apothecary Extracts’ 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil is made of all natural ingredients – which is most probably the reason why my skin responds very well to it! It has no preservatives, artificial color, fragrance, parabens, mineral oil, petroleum or chemical solutions. Two thumbs up in my book!

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Aside from the many uses that I’ve mentioned aforehand, 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts can also be used to make shampoo, lotion, soap, face cleaner, body wash and toothpaste.You can also use it in your home and make all natural household cleaners and sprays. I have personally tried using it to clean and disinfect our fridge – and I am quite happy with the results! I think I’ll stick to using this brand of tea tree oil when it comes to cleaning my kitchen and fridge, as it doesn’t have any harmful chemicals that might compromise me and my family’s health.

If you wish to try this product out, you can Buy on Amazon by clicking on the link below:

100% PURE AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE OIL BY APOTHECARY EXTRACTS (Click Me!)

Every large 4 ounce bottle comes with a FREE 100 PAGE GUIDE that provides you with all the ways to use tea tree oil to improve your life, and replace harmful cleaners around the house. Many essential oils are diluted to cut costs but this particular brand provides nothing but absolute best quality!

DISCLAIMER: 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.I was not monetarily compensated to share my views and opinions on this product. I’m just a regular consumer and I appreciate reading and giving honest feedback about products that regular people like me use on a daily basis or consider buying. My views and opinions are from a customer/end user’s standpoint.

Thank you so much for checking my blog out and I hope to see all of you on my next post!

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Product Review: Pure Raw Cacao Powder from Freedom Super Foods

I am an ex-type 2 diabetic (yes, this condition can be reversed!) who’s always on the lookout for healthy products that I can incorporate in my low carb daily meals.

The changes I made to my lifestyle and most importantly to my diet, all led to a clean bill of health (yay me!). I am still considered a pre-diabetic but I am in no risk of the complications connected to having full blown type 2 diabetes! Needless to say, I am a VERY happy camper.

When Freedom Super Foods reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to try/review their Pure Raw Cacao Powder, I was ecstatic! Pure Natural Cacao is an Antioxidant Superfood Rich in Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Copper & other Nutrients. It’s also rich in nutrients, minerals, flavonoids and is highly alkalizing. This product has no fillers – it’s pure organic cacao – and I kid you not when I say that it’s “chocolate heaven” in a bag!

It is naturally low in carbohydrates which is perfect for pre-diabetics, type 2 diabetics and people who are on a low carb diet. It’s also a great product for raw food enthusiasts and healthy eating aficionados. I’ve personally used it for baking, for making smoothies and ice pops – my favorite summer treat!

I constantly check my blood sugar level when I try out new products that I plan to add to my daily meals/baking repertoire. I am very pleased to report that this Cacao Powder is my new Baking BFF! No spikes – yay me!

It’s very impressive that this company’s products were sourced from small sustainable family owned farms in the most secluded, untouched, ancient rain forest in remote parts of the Dominican Republic. Needless to say, the quality of Freedom Super Food’s Pure Raw Cacao Powder is superior! Also, their product is processed in their FDA approved facility free of the 8 major allergens including GLUTEN.

IMG_5751I am always on the lookout for new products to incorporate in my cooking and baking and this product had me at “raw, pure and cold pressed”.  The product is delivered in a heavy duty, resealable stand up pouch that is easy to store.

Pure Cacao BrowniesA snapshot of the brownie that I made using Freedom Super Foods’ Pure Raw Cacao Powder.

If you wish to try Freedom Super Foods’ Pure Raw Cacao Powder, please do check it out through the link below:

PURE RAW CACAO POWDER FROM FREEDOM SUPER FOODS

When you order, know that you’re protected by a 60 day money back guarantee – so get your own bag of “pure chocolate bliss” now!

DISCLAIMER: 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. I was not monetarily compensated to share my views and opinions on this product. I’m just a regular consumer and I appreciate reading and giving honest feedback about products that regular people like me use on a daily basis or consider buying. My views and opinions are from a customer/end user’s standpoint.

Thank you so much for checking my blog out and I’ll see y’all on my next post!

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Product Review and Giveaway: La Deessa Premium Anti Aging Elixir 20% Vitamin C Serum

On my last blog post, I talked about the Serum I have been using for day time. Now, I wanted to share another product with all of you – another serum that I use before I go to bed… La Deessa’s Premium Anti Aging Elixir 20% Vitamin C Serum.

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I am of the opinion that using the right products will ensure that our skin will be beautiful even as we get older! I’m not that young anymore – I am 35 years of age and I have been taking extra measures to ensure that my skin stays hydrated and looking young! Using this product is like hitting two birds with one stone because not only does it act as an anti-aging elixir but as a moisturizer as well!

2014-07-14 18.57.12v2A quick phone snapshot to document my skin’s progress.

This serum is a great choice for me, as it has powerful anti aging benefits that promotes collagen production, improves skin tone and texture. It also significantly reduces wrinkles and hydrates skin.

This serum is loaded with Vitamin C which helps improve firmness and elasticity of the skin. It brightens the complexion and diminishes age spots and hyperpigmentation. It also repairs sun damage and most importantly, it protects skin from future damage and signs of aging. I have been noticing a significant difference after religiously using this product for a week. My complexion is looking clearer, my pores appear less clogged and my skin looks more supple and rejuvenated!

You will all be pleased to know that La Deessa’s Premum Anti Aging Elixir 20% Vitamin C Serum is made of 98% Natural and 72% Organic Ingredients. It is alcohol, paraben and sulfate free. This product is never tested on animals, made in the USA and produced in an FDA Registered Laboratory.

If you wish to try this product out, you may purchase it through: LA DEESSA ON AMAZON (Click Here!).

Congratulations to the winner of the La Deessa’s Premium Anti Aging Elixir Giveaway!

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DISCLAIMER: 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. I was not monetarily compensated to share my views and opinions on this product. I’m just a regular consumer and I appreciate reading and giving honest feedback about products that regular people like me use on a daily basis or consider buying. My views and opinions are from a customer/end user’s standpoint.

Thank you so much for checking my blog out and I hope to see all of you on my next post!

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