Receutics Acne Clearing System Experience

This post was sponsored on behalf of Receutics. All opinions stated are my own.

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My skin is moody.  Truly.  It’s moodier than I am.  Some days it’s lovely, some days it’s oily, some days dry, and the worst are days when it’s full of breakouts.  It’s awful.  I feel like a 14 year old trying to cover up zits before school in the morning.  Flashbacks flood my mind from days gone by, I can see myself with my Seventeen magazine on the bathroom counter as I’m focused on my reflection while trying the newest remedy to prevent acne.  Oh my, you think that I would have outgrown acne by now.  Sigh.

Lazy Mom

This is a picture of me in my 30s with no makeup on and clearly no shower since I have leftover mascara under my eyes.  What can I say it was a “color my jammie shirt kind of day?”  Sometimes I’ll let my kids color on the back of my pj shirt with washable crayons and it makes for a nice little massage.  When their masterpiece is complete I’ll rotate the shirt around to give them a new canvas…and me a few more minutes of rest.  I know what you’re thinking, yes, I know, I’m a lazy mom sometimes.  I’ll admit it.

Because of the unevenness of my skin and regular breakouts I was open to trying a skin care product line from Rite Aid, Receutics Active Skin Repair.  Their Acne Clearing set comes in three separate steps.

Step 1: The Cleanser

Step 2: Breakout Treatment

Step 3: Clear Tone & Complexion Correction

My skin care

I’ve used this set for 12 weeks now and the results are truly noticeable.  My skin is smoother.  The blackheads on my nose are fewer, the whiteheads on my forehead are almost completely gone.  I still get the occasional zit but much less frequently than before…and my baseline is much better.  Even the “good skin” days that I had before aren’t as good as the bad ones now.  Being a beauty blogger (have you seen my beauty site, EmbracingBeauty.com) I’ve tried a lot, A LOT of skin care products.  Some have been great, many not so great for my skin, but this set is honestly my favorite acne line I’ve tried.  It makes me want to check out their Anti-Aging and Skin Care sets too.

This whole set was only $49.99!  In my opinion, that’s a great value for such an effective product.  For more information visit Receutics.com or swing by your local Rite Aid to try it for yourself.

 

 

I Dyed My Hair With eSalon

Thanks to eSalon for sponsoring today’s post in conjunction with the Mom it Forward Blogger Network.

Before kids I had no problem dropping $100 every three months to have my hair colored.  I had highlights from the time I was 14 to the time I had my daughter.  I bought the right shampoo and conditioner.  I had the top of the line dryer.  I spent time washing and fixing my hair every. single. day.  I couldn’t understand why people would skip days washing their hair.  Man, how things change!!  Now, my hair is 90% dry shampoo by Thursday.  I go at least nine months between hair cuts and my hair has been my natural color for around 6 years.  Not only would I have to pay the very high salon fees but also find a babysitter and pay them to watch my kids.  It’s just too much for this stage of life.

College HairHere’s what my hair looked like for most of my college days.  This was my first Facebook profile picture taken with my very trendy at the time Blackberry. 🙂

In my goal to take better care of myself this year I’ve started going to bed earlier, taking a walk every day that’s it’s nice out, and “do” my hair everyday.  My hairdo might only be a nice braid but it’s better than a plain ponytail and it makes me feel a little bit better about myself.  When I was given the opportunity to try eSalon’s at home hair color I was hesitant.  I’ve never done at home color because I’ve seen the awful outcomes that some of my friends have had.  eSalon isn’t cheap hair color but is salon formulas – customized salon formulas – sent to you at home so I gave it a try.

eSalon is the first and only customized hair color service globally and it’s available in the US, UK, CA, and Europe. They launched in 2010 and to date they have shipped over 1,000,000 unique hair color applications!!

Wedding Hair Color

I loved how simple eSalon.com’s website was easy to navigate and helped me chose the right formula and color for my hair.  I was able to send in different pictures of my hair and describe exactly what I was looking for.  The expert colorists will review your information, your chosen color, and choose a color just for you.  If they have any questions they’ll call to chat with you personally before creating your hair color.  They didn’t end up calling me so I guess I gave good directions but I also have that colorist’s email and phone number if I ever have any questions or concerns!  I wanted a color just a bit darker than my own.  That’s what it was when I met my husband and he loved it like that.  My hair was also very short then so maybe I’ll have to go to a salon after all but I’ll be saving tons of money coloring my hair myself.

The absolute best part about eSalon is that it’s risk free.  If you aren’t 100% satisfied with your color you’ll get your money back guaranteed.  If you are happy with it then they’ll save your color history on file so you can reorder it whenever you like.  Okay, that is the best part but the next best part is the cost.  It’s unbelievably cheap in my opinion with each custom color application only being $19.95.  I can’t believe I can color my own hair and have it look the way I want it to for $20!  That’s less than the cost of the babysitter I would need to get an appointment at the salon.

Natural Hair Color

This is a picture from a few months back showcasing my natural hair color.

When my box of color arrived my great aunt and grandma happened to be visiting with me so they got to help me out while the kids were in bed.  Like I said, I’ve never colored my hair at home so I had no expectations and wanted back up so I didn’t dye my neck brown or something.  Inside the box were two bottles of color, two developer bottles, a packet of shampoo, a packet of conditioner, a stain guard, stain remover, a brush, four hair clips for sectioning off my hair, and two handy pairs of gloves.  The bottles of color arrived with my name on it!  I love the personalization they included!  My color name even had my initials in it.  We worked together following the step by step instructions and had fun talking girl talk while my aunt worked.

Before I share my before and after pictures I want to explain why my hair is pulled back.  It’s simple you see, my hair is SO long now that I have to pull it back in some way or it drives me crazy.  I decided to take real before and after pictures because if you were to see me in real life, this is what I look like.  Even with my hair pulled back I think I’ll be able to see the difference.  I know I can and I love the results!!

eSalon Review

The left is the before picture and the color looks dull, the after color on the right is dark, vibrant, and look how shiny.  My hair looks so much healthier with a little bit of color.

I love this color and feel confident that I can do it myself next time…and there will be a next time!  At only 20 bucks how could I not do it again?  The process was simple, the color was great, and it took much less time than if I went to a salon.  Oh and if I sign up for them to ship me my color automatically when I need it I’ll be able to save 20%!

Thinking of giving it a try?  If so, I have a deal for you!!  Your first order is only $10 for first time clients (50% savings!) – be sure to click on this link to save 50%: http://bit.ly/1Pka7wl

NIOXIN for Thinning Hair

I participated in the NIOXIN 30 Day Challenge as a member of One2One Network.  This post is sponsored by NIOXIN but all opinions are my own.

Pregnancy is a wonderful miracle, there’s no denying that.  Some, shall we say, side effects of pregnancy are difficult to prepare yourself for.  one of those being postpartum hair loss.  This one struck me blindsided.  None of the pregnancy books I read mentioned this or if they did I sure breezed over it.  I had no idea what to do and was worried I would lose it all.  A few friends calmed my nerves and it did eventually quit.  After my second child I feel more and more self conscious about my thinning hair.  My hair is already fine as can be so when it thins out after each pregnancy I miss the little volume I once had.  Luckily, I ran across a product that is specially formulated to create the optimal scalp environment to tackle thinning hair & promote thicker, fuller-looking, healthier hair.  The brand name is NIOXIN.

Now that I think of it I remember that my grandmother had thinning hair and swore by this stuff!  As you probably know thinning hair affects men and women of all ages.  The cause is often genetic but can also be triggered by certain life stages.  Sigh.  It’s definitely in my genes on both sides.  Understanding what causes thinning hair and knowing the early warning signs to look out for can help you in defense against thinning hair.

The causes of hair loss: Genetics, Nutrition and diet, Stress and trauma, Health issues, Medication, Environmental factors, and Postpartum.

I was invited to take the 30 Day Nioxin Challenge which consists of using Nioxin’s 3-step hair care routine picked specifically for my hair type for 30 days and see if I could see the results of extra fullness and increased hair growth.

NIOXIN comes in several different system kits as follows:

  • –  System Kit 1 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.
  • –  System Kit 2 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) hair. It delivers denser-looking hair and a healthy shine while protecting the scalp.
  • –  System Kit 3 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, chemically treated hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and providing moisture balanced to colored hair.
  • –  System Kit 4 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, chemically treated hair. It delivers denser-looking hair while protecting the scalp and providing moisture balance to colored hair
  • –  System Kit 5 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) or chemically treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while refreshing the scalp and restoring moisture balance.
  • –  System Kit 6 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, medium to coarse, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) or chemically treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while protecting the scalp and restoring moisture balance.

Nioxin System 1

After taking the NIOXIN survey I found that System Kit 1 was for me.

Kit 1 included a cleanser (shampoo), scalp therapy (similar to a conditioner that is for all of your hair, not just the tips), and scalp treatment that you massage into towel dried hair.  The products were easy to use without adding much time to my morning routine.  This is definitely a doable system.

I loved NIOXIN’s Bodifying Foam, it really did work to get me more volume at my roots and all over.  The Night Density Rescue was nice too.

The NIOXIN products did give my hair a bit more volume and even though my hair is incredibly long now (I’m long overdue for a hair cut but I’m at the point that I’m going to hold out a bit longer and donate it to a charity) it did feel lighter and fuller.  I was truly impressed how the scalp treatment didn’t weigh my hair down even more or leave it looking dirty.  The Slip brand silk pillowcase was a nice treat!  My grandma always had one and now I know why!  It’s good for anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, and anti-bed head.

Nioxin Level 1 Review

The top picture was 30 days ago, the middle picture was taken during the challenge (I’m frustrated by thinning hair, that’s the look I was going for), the bottom was is the most recent picture after the challenge is complete.  From these pictures I can tell my my hair looks a little more fuller now than when I began.  …and I can tell that I like stripes. 🙂

I’m pleased with the results and plan to continue using it to see how much better my hair can look.  Do you struggle with thinning hair?

Tips to Prevent Gum Disease

This post is in partnership with SUNSTAR GUM, but opinions are my own.

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Did you know that about half of Americans 30 and older have gum disease?  I didn’t until recently!  As I’m nearing the big 3-0 I’m starting to take my health more seriously than before.  Mainly because I want to keep my metabolism going as strong as it can but the care of teeth AND gums is important to overall health too!  The main cause of inflammation in the gums is an accumulation of dental plaque.  Plaque doesn’t really hurt teeth at all but it is very bad for gums!  It can cause tooth loss, receding gums, tooth sensitivity and pain.  Gum disease (also known as gingivitis) has even been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.  When left untreated, gum disease, can lead to tooth loss and can even develop into periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease can harm your teeth themselves and your bones, not just the gums!

Sunstar

Here are simple tips for to maintain healthy gums and fight gum disease:

– Brush your teeth twice a day – Brush gently in circles and gently brush up to the gum line.

– Floss daily – My husband likes to say, “You only have to floss the teeth you want to keep.”  Flossing is important and with the fun flossers they have now a days there’s no excuse to not be practicing good flossing habits with your kids.

– Avoid sugar – Try and limit your consumption of acidic and sugary foods and drinks.

– Visit your dentist – Try to get a cleaning twice a year. Your dentist will not only make your teeth feel brand new but they’ll also keep an eye on any red flags you may have.  It’s always better to catch gum disease and cavities early!

– Don’t smoke – This is a given, right?  Smoking (and snuff) not only yellows your pearly whites but they can have an adverse affect on your gum health.

Gum Disease Prevention

SUNSTAR GUM wants to make sure that adults and children know how and are equipped to protect themselves from gum disease.  In fact, they’re so passionate about gum health that they’ve launched a campaign #YourGumsMatter.

Take pride in your smile and take steps to protect it everyday.  You only get one set of teeth, make them last!