Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Handcrafted Pura Vida Bracelets

I was recently given the chance to review two bracelets from Pura Vida.

I am sure you are wondering what Pura Vida means so here is a little information about them!

“Pura Vida” is Spanish for “pure life”, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, and refusing to take anything for granted embodies this laidback lifestyle. “Pura Vida” means choosing to live life to the fullest. It’s more than just a saying... it’s a lifestyle.

Every Pura Vida Bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans in Costa Rica. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their work. The artisan’s dedication to the “pura vida” way of life is demonstrated in the seemingly endless color combinations and innovative styles. Each bracelet is as unique as the person wearing it.

I received anchor bracelet and a rose gold circle bracelet. I am very impressed with the quality. They are both very stylish! I have received lots of compliments. The bracelets are simple and so beautiful. They will go with just about anything. They have a wide variety of colors and styles. I am sure you will find many things you will LOVE!



 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item. All opinions are my own and 100%  honest!

Nighttime cravings & how to combat them!

NIGHTTIME CRAVINGS CAN SABOTAGE THE BEST DIET PLANS

Three common health problems caused by late night eating along with lifestyle changes to effectively combat these cravings.


Beverly Hills, CA   Many people find themselves eating late at night, even if they are not hungry. Nighttime cravings often sabotage the best-intended diet and weight-loss plans and can cause some unexpected health problems, see below. Along with some easy lifestyle solutions on how to outsmart nighttime cravings, the proprietary, science-based ingredients in Qurb™ Shot PM (www.qurbshot.com) can also help avoid late night snacking. Qurb™ PM Shot has been formulated to work effectively at night, often the downfall for many dieters after a day of careful eating and exercise. The PM shot does not contain any caffeine and has 100 mg of Theanine which has been scientifically shown to relax the body and mind.

Late night eating can cause such health problems as:

·         Eating late at night causes weight gain and loss of sleep
The body’s metabolism works all day long while you are up and active. Metabolism is much slower at night and we don’t burn the calories that we do during the day which can cause weight gain. Also, research has found that the digestive process can have serious implications on sleep cycle and can cause you to wake more often.

·         Eating at night can cause increased acid reflux
When you lay down with food in your belly, it is easier for acid to spill out of a full stomach – even if you don’t have acid reflux. It takes a few hours for food to fully digest.

·         Eating at night can throw off your internal clock
Eating late when you normally should be asleep may throw off your body’s internal clock. Additionally, artificial light from the TV, computer or smart phone can keep you awake and stimulate your appetite.

According to Authority Nutrition, some clever ways to combat nighttime cravings (1-5) include:

1)      Use a routine – structured eating and sleeping times will help spread food intake over the day so you’re less hungry at night
2)      De-stress - anxiety and stress are 2 of the most common reasons why people eat when they’re not hungry. Relaxation techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, hot baths, and stretching can help manage nighttime eating
3)      Eat regularly throughout the day – eating at planned intervals throughout the day keep blood sugar stable and can prevent feelings of ravenous hunger
4)      Include protein at every meal – protein is known to keep you feeling fuller, longer and can reduce snacking and nighttime eating
5)      Distract yourself – if you’re eating out of boredom, planning healthy evening activities or finding a new hobby can prevent mindless late night eating.
6)      Drink a bottle of Qurb PR – to fight nighttime cravings and to relax the mind and body


In addition to these lifestyle changes, adding Qurb™ Shot PM to your nightly routine is a great way to banish cravings. Each bottle of Qurb PM contains 10g of Fibersol 2 which has been shown to reduce hunger and increase the levels of two key appetite regulating hormones*. Qurb also contains 400mg of Svetol, Premium Green Coffee Bean Extract. Svetol contains at least 50% chlorogenic acids, which when taken consistently, are known for their Lipolytic (slimming effect) properties* Qurb PM also contains 100mg of Theanine which studies have shown can help you relax.* Qurb PM is sweetened naturally with Stevia and does not contain any artificial colors or flavors.

Qurb™ Shot and Qurb™ Shot PM are created with scientifically-tested ingredients to help battle stubborn cravings with a fast-acting delivery system that helps burns fat and helps people feel fuller longer. In one study, participants who were given 10g of Fibersol2 reported feeling less hungry and showed increased levels of two key appetite regulating hormones after four hours. Soluble dietary fiber decreased hunger and increased satiety hormones when ingested with a meal.

*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
Representations regarding the efficacy and safety of Qurb Shot have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA only evaluates foods and drugs, not supplements like this product. This product is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Two human clinical trials suggest that ingestion of green coffee bean extract can lead to a reduction in weight or body fat, copies of which may be found here: The Effect of Chlorogenic Acid Enriched Coffee on Glucose Absorption in Healthy Volunteers and Its Effect on Body Mass When Used Long-term in Overweight and Obese People, Le Svetol ®, un extrait de café vert décaféiné, induit une perte de poids et augmente le ratio masse maigre sur masse grasse chez des volontaires en surcharge pondérale and The Effect of Chlorogenic Acid Enriched Coffee (coffee Shape)on Weight When Used in Overweight People. It is recommended that users follow a strict diet and exercise regimen to achieve weight loss results.

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item. All opinions are my own and 100%  honest.



NEW from KORRES

Introducing the newest product from KORRES, The Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturiser! This priming moisturiser has just launched at Sephora and is a lightweight priming moisturizer with 26 percent Greek yogurt proteins to visibly plump and strengthen skin for perfectly smooth makeup application and all-day wear. 
The KORRES Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturiser is the lightweight answer for heavyweight hydration. The weightless, multination formula is packed with probiotics, proteins, and minerals to deeply nourish and smooth skin, while also prepping it for flawless makeup application and all-day wear. Formulated with three types of hydrating hyaluronic acid and powerful skin-saving antioxidants and extracts, the blend gives skin inner strength for healthy-looking skin on the surface.  

 In Greece, this cherished ingredient is used by families and villages for their own unique recipes and beauty remedies that have been passed down from generation to generation. In 2003, KORRES became the world's first brand to incorporate edible Greek yogurt into a skin care formula.

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item. All opinions are my own and 100%  honest.

Beauty Junkies

Happy Friday! For all you self-described beauty junkies who have pride in their appearance, it’s time to try these essentials that will help combat every concern you have. 

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel 
An ideal towel for longer hair that’s curly, fine, ageing or prone to damage. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage.

Conair Bobby PinsConair has everything you need for beautiful hair. Smooth-coated, sturdy, ball-tipped steel bobby pins are packed in a clear plastic container for easy storage. Taking care of hair for over 40 years.


Scunci No-Slip Grip The Evolution Hair Ties Scunci Evolution hair elastics are gentle on the hair and have 'no slip grip' technology. The jelly texture of the elastics ensure hair is held in place, with causing damage. Comes in a mixture of fashionable colours.

DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer 
DDF's first overnight discoloration moisturizer effectively hydrates skin during the nighttime sleep cycle to help reduce the appearance of melanin build up, and helps to achieve younger looking skin.


Lumene Valo Bright Eyes All-In-One Eye Treatment 
Let the light shine from your eyes with this lightweight cream. Precious handpicked Arctic cloudberry combines with brightening vitamin C to help to diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles for skin that looks visibly fresher and more awake. Our revolutionary technology reduces the appearance of puffiness, recharging the whole eye area for a brighter, more radiant overall look. Experience the eye opening effects of potent native ingredients.
Malin+Goetz Lip MoisturizerBlended to instantly restore and replenish, our hydrating lip gel is for daily maintenance, prevention and treatment of dry, irritated lips.  Fragrance and color free.


 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item. All opinions are my own and 100%  honest.

Get Date Night Ready for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re going out with your best friends or significant other this Valentine’s Day – Get date night ready with these prime beauty essentials.

Exfoliate and smell delicious with the Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Scrub. The vanilla bean has been used for years to protect, condition, and repair the skin. The essences of this plant are rich in polyketones and polyphenols that work together to deliver youthful-looking skin texture and powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. This ultra-creamy, non-greasy body scrub is formulated with crushed Madagascar vanilla beans blended with whipped shea butter and five nourishing essential oils. It whisks away dry, dead skin cells—revealing soft, hydrated, glowing skin. ($40; Lavanila.com)
 Get a bigger pout without needles using the, InstaPlumper Natural Lip Plumping Treatment by Violent Lips. A lip-plumping treatment that’s like no other – the longer you can take the intense tingle, the bigger and bolder your results. Made with 6 natural ingredients to deliver the ultimate in plumping power (cinnamon oil, capsicum oil, sunflower oil, peppermint, black pepper oil, and coffee bean oil), InstaPlumper lasts up to 8 hours and will leave you with lips that rival the look of professional injections. ($18 for a pack of 8 applications; ViolentLips.com) 



Prep your skin before makeup with the KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. This innovative brightening oil infused with real wild rose petals pays homage to the legendary wild rose oil ingredient that started it all. This ultra-concentrated vitamin C oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C. It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture. ($54; Sephora.com) 
Create some show-stopping waves with the Cuvée Beauty Champagne Spray. Incredibly shiny, beautiful hair transformed by the nurturing properties of champagne and other luxurious, top-of-the-line ingredients. For a lived-in, tousled look, this texture spray creates instant “second-day” hair with just a few quick spritzes. It also provides powerful antioxidant protection that conditions and strengthens hair, leaving behind locks that are perfect and piece-y. It’s safe for color and chemically treated hair, and is sulfate- and paraben-free. ($42; CuveeBeauty.com)


 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item. All opinions are my own and 100%  honest.