Thursday, December 28, 2017

You Lost Me by Sarah Afshar

When I first heard "You Lost Me" by Christina Aguilera, I loved it. She was performing on American Idol back in 2010. She has a very unique blue eyed kind of soul. At the time, she had released her album Bionic or was going to, but she was working on the Burlesque film which was due out in the Fall or Winter of the same year. Tonight on Smule, I decided to record the song.

 
The song is beautiful on so many levels. And although I can say I relate to it, what I love is the story it tells. The message is extremely huge. To listen to my rendition, simply watch or listen to the video above. If it doesn't load, just click here right now to hear my rendition of You Lost Me. Also, listen to this using headphones.

Monday, December 25, 2017

This song was written by Simon Cowell

The song is called Footprints in the Sand. Originally performed by Leona Lewis, this song was actually co-written by Simon Cowell, the creator of X Factor, America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent. He is known for his work on American Idol, where he was dubbed as the most critical judge.
 
The song is so beautiful and proves Simon Cowell is a talented songwriter in addition to being an impeccable judge in the music industry. Who knew? I love the lyrics, as they send a message that virtually everyone can relate to. I'll dive deeper into this song the more I sing it. I decided to go onto Smule and record this song today.

 
Listen to me cover Footprints in the Sand by watching the video above. If you cannot see the video, just click here to listen now. As I recorded this using my iPhone and headphones, to hear the song clearly listen while wearing headphones.
 

Friday, December 22, 2017

Unchained Melody by Sarah Afshar

Unchained Melody is one of those timeless classics that you never get tired of hearing. It is just a beautiful ballad that tells a story about love and to be honest, I never ever get tired of listening to it. I took it upon myself to record it just a little bit ago on Smule straight from my iPhone. Did I mention how much I am loving this app?
 
If you cannot see or hear the video above, simply click here right now to hear my rendition of Unchained Melody. Remember to listen with headphones.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Soaked by Sarah Afshar

I love Muse and when I first heard this song I thought it was so beautiful. Then, when I heard it covered by Adam Lambert, I realized how much I truly love it. So tonight I took it upon myself to go on the Smule app and record it. 


To listen to my rendition of Soaked watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, simply click here right now. Listen with headphones. I recorded this straight from my iPhone. If you haven't heard of Smule, you definitely need to download it and join. It's very fun. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Nails Inc. London in Mayfair Lane

 
As part of the 2013 Christmas Cracker Collection, Mayfair Lane is a stunning new addition to Nails Inc. This is a full-coverage, red glitter polish. Although the red is intense, it isn't bright and quite cool in comparison to most red shades.
 
As this is considered to be a nail topper used to accessorize your nails and bling up your polish, it's quite pigmented when worn alone. As you can see from the swatch, it looks like a full-coverage, red glitter polish. And when I originally swatched the above photo, I wore Mayfair Lane by itself.
 
Would I use this product again? As this product is great, it is not for me to wear on a daily basis. Would I recommend this nail product? Yes. As popular as this polish was in 2013, I haven't been able to find it online at all as it is sold out virtually everywhere. I'll update this review with a link when I discover one.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

We Are The Champions by Sarah Afshar

Smule is definitely one of my favorite apps right now. If I feel like singing and recording it, I can simply click on the app and record virtually everything from my phone. Especially when you have a VIP membership which only costs $20 a month.

 
I decided to record "We Are The Champions" this evening by the amazing band Queen. This is one of the greatest tunes to exist, as it is played at virtually every major sporting event. The song really sends a true message about never giving up and if you continue to fight, you will always be the winner, the champion in the end.

If you cannot see the video, simply click here to listen to me sing this song. Listen with headphones. And yes, I recorded this from my phone.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Run Rudolph Run by Sarah Afshar

The holidays are my favorite time of year. There is something so liberating listening to Christmas and hearing the classics on the radio. And what better way than to celebrate and honor the holidays than by going on one of my favorite apps, Smule to record Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry. That is exactly what I did a few minutes ago.


To listen to my rendition of Run Rudolph Run simply watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, just click here right now. I recorded this using my iPhone while wearing headphones. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

O Holy Night by Sarah Afshar (Take One)

O Holy Night is a very beautiful yet popular power ballad that epitomizes the Christmas season and what it is all about. If you were to ask anyone on the street what their favorite Christmas song is more than likely most would say this one. I have been wanting to record this tune for quite sometime, but haven't really got around to doing so until today. To be honest, I am not feeling the best, as I woke up today with a little bit of a cold and sore throat. I went on Smule just now and recorded this. 


To listen to my rendition of O Holy Night just watch/listen to the video above. If it doesn't play, simply click here right now. I recorded this right from the Smule app on my iPhone. To be honest, I am feeling a bit under the weather today, so I will re-record this song when I feel better. In the meantime, this will have to do. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Creep by Sarah Afshar

Radiohead is one of the most underrated bands there is. A lot of their music tells a story, yes, but what most of you do not realize is, you can relate to a lot of their songs. Thom Yorke was and will always be a story teller. Like a modern John Lennon, one of their best and most popular tunes has always been "Creep" which is filled with an array of dynamics and message many of you can understand. I know, I can.
 
Tonight on Smule, I decided to record Creep. I don't think anyone has ever covered it the way I have. To listen to my rendition, watch the video above. If you cannot see the video simply click here right now. To hear the dynamics, definitely listen to this with headphones.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bohemian Rhapsody (Short Version) by Sarah Afshar

I am once again on Smule. I think I am really starting to fall in love with this app. If you love music and love to sing, you need to download it. I am recording everything straight from my iPhone. It is literally one of my favorite apps right now.
 
 
Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the greatest songs I have ever heard in my life. I've been a fan of Queen practically my entire life. I remember listening to them when I was four years ago. This song came out before I was born yet I just love and appreciate it so much.
 
If you cannot see the video, just click here to listen to my rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Keep in mind that this is the short version of the song. Remember to listen to this song using headphones, as I recorded it from my phone wearing headphones.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar

When I first heard about Baby Quasar, I have to admit I was intrigued by the red light therapy concept. At first I was skeptical, however, all of that changed when I tried their most recent device, Pure Rayz. So, what did I think?

Week 1


After carefully reading the instructions, I used my Pure Rayz device about 16 minutes the first time I tried it. As this device includes an automatic timer (which I admit, I love) that shuts off the device after 4 minutes, I used it on my forehead, followed by the left and right side of my face, and then on my chin area. I did this for 7 days. I noticed results, however, they were not big. I could tell that the device was working.

Week 2

I continued the pattern of using this device at the end of the day for 16 minutes. I went with 16 minutes instead of 12 minutes simply because I wanted to get the highest power of output for maximum penetration of collagen stimulation and production.

Week 3


At the beginning of the third week, I decided to go tanning, as I wanted to look radiant for my vacation. I continued using the device every single day for 16 minutes. A few hours after I would tan, I would cleanse, exfoliate, and tone my skin. I didn't use a serum or a moisturizer, as I wanted maximum penetration. I would use the device after I did a simple skincare regime before applying a serum and moisturizer.

Week 4


After using this device for 4 weeks for 16 minutes a day, I noticed that the slight depigmentation my skin endured was practically gone. I also noticed that my acne scars disappeared. The acne scars that were still visible were highly minimized by 60%.

Week 5


As I contemplated and debated whether or not to use as a serum before using this device, I still continued using it without applying anything to my face. I was starting to see incredible results. I also noticed that my skin remained clear. As a woman in her early 30s who has suffered from acne on and off her entire life, I was so happy to notice that my skin did not breakout.

Week 6


I continued using the product as directed, but decided to also use the device on other areas of the body. These areas include: neck, décolletage, breasts, arms, thighs and stomach. As I continued the regular 16 minutes for my face, I went with 8 minutes for every area to see if the collagen production would continue. And guess what? It did. I think it was the end of this week that I realized this device really works.

Week 7


I continued using Pure Rayz every single day for 16 minutes. Some days I would use a serum before using this device and other days, I would exclude one. I decided to add an additional 8 minutes as I wanted to do both eye areas, including the area under my eyes (which is extremely delicate). I also wanted to incorporate my nose area too. One thing I noticed is that I had a headache on the Thursday of this week. I placed the device on my temples and it went away.

Week 8


After using the product for 8 weeks, I noticed amazingly epic results. I noticed that some acne scars that I have been trying to get rid of were completely gone. I guess you could say that I was sublimely happy with the results I received. Would I take advantage of the 60-day guarantee? Absolutely not. Why? Because Pure Rayz works.

PROS


When it comes to light penetration, I believe this device definitely delivers more than your average red light therapy device. In fact, I find that the maximum penetration is delivered when using Pure Rayz.

What I found amazing about the Pure Rayz by Baby Quasar is the fact that it not only works to treat wrinkles, depigmentation, and even scars, it also works to prevent acne. It may not be as effective as Clear Rayz, but it definitely works.

This device includes 40 LED lights total. This includes 20 red lights, 10 amber lights, and 10 infrared lights. There are a total of four distinct wavelengths of light which work together for even clarity.

What I found so impressive with this device is the fact that it is durable, plastic, and on top of that, it comes with a bag which makes it easy to travel. It's portable and compact in a sense where it will fit into your purse and/or handbag, as well as, your general carry-on bag.

At first I was kind of skeptical about using it on my skin, as my skin is combination and tends to change depending on my environment. When I first used this device, my skin was somewhat dry, however, there would be days where it was extremely oily. With that said, Pure Rayz literally works on all skin types.

I go tanning from time to time. My natural skin tone is a medium-to-tan with a neutral undertone, but right now it's leaning towards dark with a neutral undertone. This device works so incredibly amazing with my skin right now, as it did when I first used it. Whether you are light or dark, you can benefit from using this Baby Quasar device.

There is a 5-year warranty on this device. If you look at the price of $249, you would only be spending $49.80 per year on this device. When you visit a salon that offers various red light therapy treatments, including facials and peels, you can expect to pay way more than that. So, in a nutshell, it's quite affordable.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (or FDA) has approved all of Baby Quasar's devices, including the Pure Rayz. If you are someone who follows the FDA and their regulations, you will definitely find this amazing Baby Quasar addition quite appealing.

After using the device for 8 weeks (as directed) it only takes a few days of week to maintain your results. And if you are unhappy with the results after 60 days, I have to admit that I love the fact that Baby Quasar offers a money back guarantee.

CONS


I find this device amazing, however, after using it for a week, I noticed that my skin would tend to dry out. My skin is combination due to my current environment, but it is naturally normal-to-oily. The dryness went away after using a good serum followed by moisturizer. I also incorporated exfoliation daily into my regular skincare regime to get rid of dead skin cells which also works to stimulate collagen production.

You can purchase Baby Quasar's Pure Rayz here or at your nearest Baby Quasar retailer for $199. Would I use this red light therapy device again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it 5 minutes ago.


Would I recommend it to a friend or family member? Yes. One thing is certain, I am definitely looking forward to what the future holds with Pure Rayz because so far, the results have been astonishing. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Who Wants To Live Forever by Sarah Afshar

Smule is becoming a favorite app of mine. It is my second day of using the app. I am currently on day two of my free trial. So far I am loving it, as I love the fact that I can record something directly from my phone without any recording equipment present. Amazing right? I took the liberty of recording the song "Who Wants To Live Forever" by Queen.

 
Written by Brian May, this song is beautiful in many ways; however, it is a very dark song too as it depicts a state of depression. Obviously depression is serious and not something I wish anyone would have to go through, but I can relate to this song in many ways as I have been there myself. If you cannot see the video, simply click here right now. Remember to listen to this with headphones.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

At Last by Sarah Afshar

Recently, I decided to join the world-renowned karaoke app Smule. As my friend Naj was sharing links to her recordings on the LINE app from this app, I could not help but be extremely intrigued. I decided to join the free trial which lasts 7 days and if I still like the app after the week, I will pay $19.99 per month.
 

 
I decided to record my first song which is "At Last" by the incredibly talented Etta James. Although my rendition fails in comparison, I recorded this straight from my phone. The song is one of my favorites. I cannot wait to record more. If you cannot view the video, simply click here to listen to my recording of this song. Listen with headphones.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

5 Reasons to Shop at FragranceNET

Located in the heart of Deer Park, NY, FragranceNET provides you with an extensive selection of genuine brands at only the lowest prices. With everything from fragrances, skincare, candles, aromatherapy, and more; it is one of my favorite places to shop. So, what are 5 reasons to shop at FragranceNET?

1. Great Value. Recently when browsing FragranceNET.com, I discovered a Viva La Juicy fragrance set that I have had my eyes on. The set includes a 3.4 oz of Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy eau de parfum, a 4.2 oz body lotion of the amazing fragrance, and a 4.2 oz shower gel. Normally this would cost about $115 if I were to purchase this elsewhere; however, I was able to find this amazing product for the bargain price of $63.19. How is that for great value?

2. Extensive Selection. Not only does FragranceNET offer one of the best selections you will ever find on the world wide web of fragrances, they also offer skincare, makeup, hair care, aromatherapy, and candles. Yes, candles. I was about to find a Northern Lights Candle in Warm Cinnamon Buns for only $12.50. It is literally the best scented candle I have ever smelled.

3. Discontinued Items. I have been searching for Vera Wang's Princess Night for the longest time. As a huge fan of this particular perfume, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find it here. When purchasing the 3.4 oz eau de parfum elsewhere, you can be expected to pay $75, if not more. I was able to get this perfume for only $48.19. How cool is that?

4. Great Customer Service. A business with bad customer service is like a blue sky without sunshine. It's extremely depressing and can really hurt a business. Luckily, you will not find bad customer service at FragranceNET because it just doesn't exist. Not only is the staff prompt, but they always manage to help you no matter what problematic issue you are enduring. You have to love that.

5. Product Guarantee. When you shop here, you can be expected to find only original and authentic products. In fact, if you read FragranceNET's FAQ section on their website, they promise you only genuine products. They do NOT carry knock-offs or imitations.

FragranceNET also offers free shipping on every order of any size, which I absolutely love. For more information about FragranceNET, please visit FragranceNET today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum

Darphin is an internationally known skin brand located in the heart of France. Established in 1958, this line of skin care was created by Pierre Darphin who has created some of the best skin care, body care, oral care, and spa related products in the world today. As one of the Estee Lauder companies, this skin care brand proves why they are one of the greatest lines in the world today. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Darphin STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum. So, what did I think?

PROS

What I find intriguing about this serum was the idea that it was designed to copy Pierre Darphin's deep massage, as it was designed to inflate the hallow zones of your face. And as a result, it is suppose to lift and tighten. I actually noticed results immediately after one use. Then, after a week, I noticed dramatic results. 

Some serums promise to stimulate the skin's cells and promote healthy skin renewal. I can honestly say that this amazing Darphin addition delivers real benefits which I discovered after just a week of using it daily everyday. If you think your skin looks tired today, this serum will wake it up tomorrow (or technically in a few days).

The texture of this serum is amazing. In fact, it has one of the best textures I have ever used. It isn't too thick nor is it too thin. Most serums that have amazing textures are either too greasy or tend to dry out, whereas; this texture does neither and sinks into your skin like a second skin. 

This serum works not only great for the face, but the neck and decollete too. 

Darphin does NOT test on animals. In fact, they are committed to the elimination of animal testing.

CONS

This serum uses Sea Emerald with Commipheroline. If you feel that your skin reacts to either of these ingredients, you may not be interested in this product. 

If you are into organic products, you may not find this product appealing.

If you are not willing to spend $300, let alone $310 on a serum, you are not going to be interested in this product. 

You can purchase Darphin's STIMULSKIN PLUS Reshaping Divine Serum at Darphin or your nearest Darphin retailer for $310. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used some now. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Yes, but only if they are willing to spend over $300 for a serum. For more information about this product, please visit Darphin today.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Starbucks Share Event

As some of you may or may not know, Starbucks is currently having a share event. This share event is allowing you to buy one drink and get a second one free. The event starts tomorrow (Thursday, November 9, 2017) and ends Monday, November 13, 2017. 

I love Starbucks, so I will definitely be participating in this event. If you want to receive your share event alert, simply tweet Starbucks on Twitter @Starbucks with the hashtag #ShareEvent to receive your alert. 

I'm thinking a Venti sized Cinnamon Dolce Frappe sounds great with almond milk, a blonde espresso shot and lots of whipped cream. What do you think? 

Monday, October 16, 2017

I am a great boss because I am not your friend

Today is Boss Day hence why I am writing about this today. You see, as a boss, I have experienced some of the greatest work environments in my life; however, my work ethic has always remained the same. And because of this, I have been relatively successful. 

When it comes to being a boss, it is so important to embrace the virtue of communicating effectively. It is extremely important to have effective communication skills, especially in the workplace. Without communication in the workplace, there is no production, and without production, there is no success. 

Another important quality that I have embraced over the year is listening to my employees. Listening is one of the most important qualities any great boss should have.  But, the real question is - what else makes a boss great? Here are a few things I have discovered within myself that have not only helped me and my employees, but my overall work environment.

Macro-managing. Micromanaging embodies workplace bullying at its finest. Therefore, it is quite malicious. I am a great boss because I refuse to do it. In order to have an effective team, kicking someone when they are down is never the answer and will never solve any problem, let alone any trial or tribulation they are enduring. Building a person up is crucial because you have to make them want to work for you. 

Empower and Empathize. Going back to the previous, it is key to make your employees realize their worth in any business environment. I invest my time in empowering my team, not rejecting them. One of the most problematic issues that occur in workplaces today are that some leaders focus on being negative and critical without a hint of positivity and encouragement. Since day one I believe the key to being a great leader is to have a strong decorum and ability to empathize with a worker.

Optimism. In order to be a great boss, one must be open-minded yet optimistic. Sure I possess self-awareness, as any effective leader should, but I am also relatively universal in terms of decision making and look at every situation fully rather than one dimensionally. Keeping an open mind is always important because you represent the business, so it is important to remain optimistic at all times. 

Encourage Strengths. Don't blame your employees if they make a mistake. Encourage them to do better. Pick them up when they fall. It is important to recognize the strengths over the weaknesses. I believe in order to develop a successful team and an overall integrated business plan, you must recognize a worker's individual strength and morale. And if there is room for improvement, it is important to tactfully work with them to strive better. 

Put out Fires Quickly. I believe in addressing problems instantaneously before they become a major issue. Without addressing the obvious problem before it turns into an even greater issue, you'll never find a real solution. It is important to extinguish the fire quick before it takes over the office. 

Love the Job. This is the key to being a great boss and leader. To possess the experience, education and skills to complete the job is one thing, but to actually love your job - well, that love triumphs everything. In order to be a great boss you have to love what you do or you're never going to be successful.

Avoid Personal Friendships. I am a great boss because I am not your friend. When it comes to establishing a strong work ethic with a team of hard workers, I never mix business with pleasure. When you are working, it should always be about business and nothing else.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture
Introduced in 2008 by Juicy Couture, this fruity floral fragrance proves why it is one of the best selling perfumes of all time. Viva La Juicy is infused with just the right amount of notes to give this acquired scent the recognition it needs. But the main question is: what do I think about this fragrance?

PROS

When I first smell Viva La Juicy, I can definitely smell a warm note. It reminds me of vanilla yet cocoa with a hint of praline, sugar, and caramel. The gourmand scents are evident, but not like some of their other fragrances. The next notes I detect are more fruity than anything else. A combination of berries. I can smell a hint of blueberry yet a hint of blackberry. As I continue smelling this amazing fragrance, I can pick up quite a few floral notes which are modestly faint, but hold the fragrance together. I can definitely smell honeysuckle followed by gardenia.

I can detect a little bit of citrus, but it's very mild. I can pick up on a few other floral notes. I am not sure what they are, but I am guessing a fusion of amber and jasmine. I can also smell somewhat of a woody note. I am going guess sandalwood; however, I could be wrong. In all actuality, this acquired smell is one of the best smells I have discovered yet.

The bottle includes the Juicy Couture label which is very classy yet stylish. It is accented with a bright pink/fuchsia bow which makes it cute. It is also eye catching and when you are done with the fragrance, you could spray it with some glitter blast and it would make an excellent bedroom accessory (just an idea).

Back to this fragrance. I have to say, one thing that was very evident was how long this perfume lasted. After working an 8 hour day, I noticed that I could still smell this fragrance on me. The scent life and longevity is quite decent which I truly enjoy. I've tried so many fragrances and you wouldn't believe how many perfumes smell amazing, but do not last long.

The sillage is not overpowering, which is nice. It's enough to get compliments more than anything. And a little goes a very long way.

CONS

If you are into musky scents or prefer powdery, aromatic, woody, aldehydic, spicy, or even leather notes you are not going to like this fragrance. If you are into fresh or clean fragrances that possess more earthy notes that are more animalistic or smoky, I don't see you finding this fragrance appealing.


If you are looking for an extremely sweet fruity fragrance or something that morphs tropical and citrus into the blend, I don't think you may find Viva La Juicy interesting.

RATING: 93%

Juicy Couture's Viva La Juicy is available at FragranceNET for $50.19. The Viva La Juicy set by Juicy Couture which offers the fragrance plus a smaller sized body lotion and shower gel is also available for $63.19. Would I use this fragrance again? Yes. In fact, I just sprayed some as I am typing this. I absolutely love it! Would I recommend this fragrance to a friend? Absolutely. Especially to those that love fruity yet floral scents.
For more information about this product, please visit FragranceNET today.
 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My top 5 favorite nude lipsticks by MAC Cosmetics

 
From left to right: Myth, Fleshpot, Close Contact, Viva Glam II, and Crème d' Nude.
 
About the lipsticks...
 
Myth is simply a light nude with a satin finish. It's neutral, which I love. This is one of my favorite nudes by MAC because it works fantastic with my skin tone.
 
Fleshpot is best described as a pastel pink-beige. It's very faint and possesses a satin finish. I love the color payoff of this particular nude, as it simply works.
 
Close Contact is not as nude as the other lipsticks, but I enjoy it because it is a stunning amplified peach shade. This lipstick is limited edition, however; I am hoping that MAC decides to include this particular shade as a permanent selection.
 
Viva Glam II is simply a nude mauve shade with a satin finish. As one of MAC's best selling lipsticks since it's release in 1997, this is clearly one of the best nude lipsticks by Makeup Artist Cosmetics to date.
 
Crème d' Nude is what I would called a creamy warm nude. Almost like a pastel peach with a hint of beige. The finish is different from the prior lipsticks I have mentioned as it's more than a creamsheen finish.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System

When I first heard about a new skincare device that used next-generation, ultrasound technology, I guess you could say that I was ultimately intrigued by the concept. I never heard of any other beauty brand to use this type of technology. Recently, I had the opportunity to try JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System. What did I think?

Week 1

When I first opened the box, I was a little confused until I read the instructions. I discovered how simple this system actually is. This system includes: a professional quality ultrasound wand, a wall charger, a countertop charger, JeNu's Active-Youth Eye Treatment, and JeNu's Active-Youth Lip Serum. The serums both use advanced microsphere technology, which is ultimately appealing.

When you do your eyes, you are suppose to apply the serum directly onto the wand and use it for about one minute before applying your eye cream. When you do your lips, you simply follow the same method. You apply it directly onto the wand and massage your lips for about a minute. You can repeat as desired.

When I first used this product, I knew that the wand was turned on, but could not feel it instantaneously. Then, I noticed that I could feel a little bit of pulsating movement when I would move the wand to different areas. For the first week, I did both the eyes and the lips once a day. I noticed results after 5 uses and continued to see dramatic results after 7 days.

Week 2

After 14 days, I noticed dramatic results. The type of results where I didn't even have to wear makeup and every time I would go out to dinner, I was always getting asked to see ID when asking for a glass of Moscato.

As I am looking in the mirror, I notice that my eyes look brighter and tighter. No bags or dark circles. They look the same as they did when I was 17. I notice that my lips not only feel smoother, but look it too. I also notice that my lips look fuller, as well. After a week of using this device, the results were evidently clear - it really works.

Week 3

When reading the ingredients, I was quite surprised to know that JeNu's products are paraben-free, sulfate-free, and GMO-free. They also do not contain any triclosans or phthalates. The eye treatment and the lip serum are infused with various oils, which is quite impressive.

As I look in the mirror today, I notice that my lips look a lot healthier than they did before using this device. I notice they do not feel nor look dry, which I love. I have endured the dreaded dry lip from time to time, however; that all went away after using the JeNu Active Youth Skincare System.

My eyes really don't need any treatment today. Heck, I am not seeing any reason to continue treating them everyday since I have used this device. I decided to stop using the system on my eyes with the eye treatment everyday and just using the treatment about twice a week for re-touch maintenance. I think my primary focus is on my lips for now which I do sporadically.

Week 4

I started using this device with other eye products, especially eye serums and I am noticing that this device does, in fact, increase the effectiveness of the product. The maintenance is fantastic, yes but using this device with other products is too. So, even if you don't use their products it works well with your favorite go-to holy grails.


After contemplating and debating whether or not I should use this product on my actual face instead of just those two areas, I decided to cave in and give it a try. Rest assured, it was a great decision. This amazing system also works on your face too. Can you believe it?

Verdict - This amazing skincare system really works. It really delivers more active ingredients into your skin than if you were to use just one standard beauty essential. The effects are intense and long-lasting. Whether you are looking for a little pick-me-up or simply looking for that extra lift, this system will work wonders for you. I definitely recommend this device to anyone who wants to both look and feel better.

The JeNu Active-Youth Skincare System is available at JeNu or your nearest JeNu retailer for $249. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. In fact, I just used it on my eyes, lips, and face about 20 minutes ago. Would I recommend it to a friend? Most definitely.

For more information about this product, please visit JeNu today.
 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse as it is happening.
I used an iPhone camera to shoot
this particular picture. I really
couldn't get a great shot with this.
Today history was made when our mother earth aligned herself with the sun and the moon forming a beautiful solar eclipse. The shadow cast from the moon blocking the sun truly made me realize how fascinating life is. Witnessing it was one of the most phenomenal things I have ever watched considering this has not happened since 1776 with one prior to that in 1257. 

As you are aware, today is August 21, 2017. This event was highly anticipated all around the world. Since I live in Idaho, I actually traveled about 45 minutes to see this in a small town called Weiser. I have some family there and a few friends there hence why I decided to travel there for the day. 

I must say that the weather is absolutely amazing today; however, what made the day as wondrous as can be was seeing the solar eclipse. 
The solar eclipse taken with my Canon camera.
Obviously you can notice a huge difference
versus with an iPhone.


I did manage to get some video, as well as, some great shots with my canon camera of this incredible event, so expect to see those soon. I took them so you could see them, as I know many of you didn't get to see this today. 

I didn't use throw-away glasses like they suggested when looking at the eclipse because I wanted to be able to get a good shot and some great footage. The glasses were dark and I couldn't see the actual eclipse when looking through the lens. 

The next one will not be until April 8, 2024. August 12, 2045. That is 35 years from now and 21 years from the next eclipse. So, if you didn't get to see it today, you can see it here on my blog. Now the one in April 8, 2024 will be the first one visible in Canada. And like the eclipse here, will still be visible in the United States. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

DIY Health: Vagina Detox

The other day I decided to try what is referred to as a vagina detox. As my period concluded for the month, I wanted to try something new. What is a vagina detox? Well, it is basically vaginal steaming using an array of herbs or to put it accurately an herbal steam facial for your vagina.

This type of treatment for your vagina has been used in ancient medicine. Although the results vary, they have been known to heal an array of issues such as anxiety, depression, irregular periods, bladder infections, yeast infections, infertility, vaginal cysts, hemorrhoids, and even scarring from childbirth. You can read about it here.

What was my motivation for trying a vagina detox? Just curiosity. I don't suffer from any problematic health issues at the present. I just wanted to see what this latest craze was all about.

So, what do you do exactly? You choose your herbs that you want to include in your detox. It is critically key to choose wisely, as if you make a bad decision, the result will be a consequence of your poor choice. You want to make sure that you use herbs that are most suitable for your individual health needs.

Basil, as well as rosemary are very common when doing this type of detox because they possess antimicrobial properties. I didn't really do research before I tried this, so I decided to go with: cardamom, saffron, dandelion, ginger, and black tea along with rosehip oil.

After you choose the herbs you want to use, you want to prepare your water. I am well aware not every woman owns a facial sauna or facial spa, so in case you do not; just use a pan. The water must be filtered, as this is what works best. Never use tap water and refrain from using any "hard water" or any water infused with minerals.

Once you have added your water, it is important to add your herbs. I also decided to add (as I stated previously up above) an essential oil into the mix, simply because they work as a natural serum for sensitive areas. When you look at your steaming medium, the water should be boiling, depending on what kind of medium you are using to do a vagina detox. If you use a facial spa or sauna, you only have to wait 5 minutes and if you use a pan, you may wait 15 minutes.

You want to squat over what you are using, so that your vagina makes contact with the steam. You will want to do this for 15-20 minutes, depending on your tolerance. For your first time, I wouldn't recommend going over 30 minutes. If you don't feel like your vagina is receiving any treatment, you can maximize your experience by wrapping a towel around your waist, covering your entire bottom area. This will create what is referred to as a "tent" so that no moisture will get out and will prevent any air from getting in.
After the time has lapsed, you will notice some cramping. Cramping is simply normal after doing a vagina detox because it is basically the uterus getting rid of the toxins or any stagnant blood. Very interesting to know. After the cramping went away, I endured a rather soothing sensation which was quite stimulating.


I really believe a vagina detox is very crucial to our health. As women, it is key to never neglect our important parts of who we are. The benefits are astounding and I am looking forward to trying my next steaming treatment very soon.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

TBT: Me at my cousin's wedding

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I went tanning this Summer hence why I was super dark. I also had my hair stripped from black to this color. And although I looked a little "orange" that was primarily from using artificial bronzer. I did both my makeup and my hair and last minute decided to wear my hair like this. I had a great time in spite of the wedding not being planned well. 

I always love taking pictures though, as you can capture memories in virtually every photo. When I look at these photos, I remember that day like it was yesterday. And although the details seem to be somewhat of a vague blur, I haven't forgotten anything. 

These were taken in North Carolina. The town or area was called Pittsboro, which was very close to where my cousin was living at the time. I was invited months prior and honestly, was uncertain about attending as I was a workaholic and didn't know if I could have any time. After much contemplation, I decided to attend. I stayed in a hotel nearby for a few days. 


The day was beautiful, as it was warm but not too hot. There was sort of a breeze going on. It wasn't the Summer, but more so early Fall. I attended the wedding in late September years ago. One thing about North Carolina that I appreciate is the weather. 

I haven't seen my cousin many years which was the main reason I wanted to go. I only spoke to her few times on Facebook, so I just knew going to the wedding would be a great idea. As she is my cousin from mother's side of the family, The wedding was also a good chance to see family and old friends. 

My cousin Dawn was there. Only a few years later, her mother Carol Reiff was murdered. And still until this day, there has not been one single lead let alone suspect of her death. Those who have followed my blog know about her, as I have talked about her several times. Tragedy is an understatement. 

I know this is kind of off topic, but with the Morgan Ingram case, I have garnered more than an interest in true crime, but a strong passion for justice. Although I have always loved true crime and mystery (being a little girl and watching Unsolved Mysteries was what really made me realize how much I enjoyed it) it wasn't until I interviewed Toni Ingram where I discovered the true darkness of our world. 

I remember sitting in the backseat of a family member's car and snapping this picture of myself. At the time I had an old iPhone. 


This picture (the one to your right) was made popular by Michael Odegard, an internet stalker who made a series of hate blogs about me shortly after I published these online. I think the blog was called "Sarah Afshar Bimbo" or something. Why he chose this photo, I have no idea. Shortly after, I think this individual used the picture again when he made another hate site about my ex boyfriend Joe. 

Shortly after I took these photos, I uploaded them to Facebook. Afterwards, I rekindled with my old flame Joseph Valo. I've known Joe for about 20 years. And although he and decided to part ways late last year, I remember the time I spent with him. We are still friends. 

When I look at the additional photos I took, I only remember the day. I remember some of the details too; however, a lot of things are a blur now. I don't know if it is because I have been busy for years upon years since or simply because I don't really want to go back to that day, knowing what I know about my cousin's ex husband. Either way, a picture tells a story. And whether that story is small or large, that is one story you will always remember for the rest of your life.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My neighbor asked me to adopt these puppies

So my neighbor just came over with this beautiful black lab mother and her puppies and asked if I wanted to take them. As much as I would love to take these little angels, I already have quite a few of them living with me. I literally want to take them.. I have a beautiful and big backyard so I have space for them; however, I have to think of my other dogs and how they would react to new a puppy, let alone puppies. 

Sometimes these small decisions are literally harder than rocket science considering it is relatively moot based on a "should I?" or "shouldn't I?" basis. I feel like I have to look at all scenarios including hypothetical scenarios. "What if I travel out of state?" or "What if I travel out of the country?" Plus, in addition to this, I work 9 am until 5 pm everyday. And although I have weekends completely off, I do work on weekends lately. 


I live alone so I don't know if I can handle these pretty little puppies right now. As much as I want to take all of them into my home, I don't think I would be able to do so because I work so much. I have raised plenty of puppies in my life and one puppy is work. To take on 6 little puppies plus their amazing mother, making it 7 would be lot of work and time, which unfortunately I do not have at the present. 

One thing that I was kind of concerned about was the mother, as I can see her ribs. My neighbor voluntarily showed me the food she eats. As my dogs are spoiled and get homemade dog food, these dogs eat the usual dry food with the occasional soft food in the can. I honestly don't know what to say. 

Anyways, I just let my neighbor know that I cannot not take them; however, if he cannot find homes for them they are welcome to stay with me, which I have no issue with. I love animals and would never want them to be homeless or hungry. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oral Rinse by Supersmile


Supersmile products including the
Oral Rinse.
Supersmile is an internationally known oral care brand created by the wife of Dr. Irwin Smigel, world renowned "father of aesthetic dentistry." Supersmile is known for pioneering teeth whitening, as well as: creating some of the best dental care products in the world today. Everything I have tried so far has been modestly good. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Supersmile's Oral Rinse. So, what did I think?


PROS


Out of every mouthwash I have used in the past 5 years alone, I have to say this one deep cleans the best. The Cetyl Pyridinium Chloride in this product also provides you with long-lasting protection which I personally love.

The Tetra Potassium Pyrophosphate truly delivers real protection, which I love. Mouthwash should always be effective, without being harsh and this one exemplifies that concept.

After using Supersmile's Oral Rinse I noticed that my breath was incredibly fresh. It was as if I ate a fresh mint leaf after brushing. The Sodium Bicarbonate really does work as a long-lasting germicidal fighter.

This incredible Supersmile addition is free of silica, as it is free of sulfates and parabens. It is also both gluten and sugar free. It does not possess any harsh chemicals, let alone questionable frenemies.

When it comes to the flavor and taste of this mouthwash, I have to admit I was modestly skeptical because I am picky when it comes to mint flavors. Needless to say, this one has an amazing mint flavor that isn't too sweet or faux.


CONS


Aside from the ingredients, if you are allergic evidently you would want to avoid this product. To be honest, there is absolutely nothing I can say negative about this product. As much as I searched for something wrong with this mouthwash, I just can't find anything.

You can purchase Supersmile's Oral Rinse at Supersmile.com or your nearest Supersmile retailer for $16. Would I recommend this product to a family member or a friend? Most definitely. Would I use this product again? Absolutely. And although I want to believe there is something better out there, this mouthwash is as good as it gets.

For more information about this product, please visit www.supersmile.com today.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 2017: Beauty Favorites

Today is a beautiful day here in Idaho. I hope your day is amazing today. Although I must say it is a bit hot here. The smell of potatoes and onion rings are manifesting through the air right now. I am at work taking a much needed breather from all of the hectic mental thinking I have been embracing for the last few hours I have been here. I haven't had lunch yet, but I will leaving in less than two hours to go home, so I think I can wait. I usually don't work on Sundays; however, I had a lot of work to do and my computer in my home office decided it wanted to crash, so I decided to work today. 

A lot of you have been reading my blog and asking me to talk more about my beauty favorites. I have quite a few that I love. I took a photo of the products that I am loving this month for the sole purpose of writing this blog post today. I wasn't sure if I was going to produce any content today or wait until I get home. 

Without further to do (because I don't want to bore you with a bunch of fluff) my beauty favorites for the month of June 2017 include:

Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub
Pacifica Beauty Indian Coconut Nectar Hand Cream
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 
Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil
Goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleanser 
Eprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum 
OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Sao Paulo
Ciate London Paint Pot in the shade Fancy Pants

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 2017: Beauty Favorites

 
My favorites for the month of May include:
 
Oscar Blandi Polish Glossing Crème
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Tarte Maracuja Oil
Darphin Paris Stimulskin Plus Serum
Shiseido IBUKI Quick Fix Mist
Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint
Evolution of Smooth (EOS) Lip Balm


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Dual
Action Moisture Boost Gel.
Skin+Pharmacy is one of the most underrated beauty brands you will discover this year. Offering an array of skin care essentials that work to restore and repair your skin, Skin+Pharmacy is exclusively available at CVS. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Skin+Pharmacy's Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel.

The texture is outstanding, as this amazing Skin+Pharmacy essential has a very creamy gel-like texture more so than an oil, serum, cream or lotion. Using special Hydropore+ technology this product works amazingly to hydrate the most dehydrated skin without irritating it. The hydration is virtually instantaneous.

When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, this fantastic face gel will help reduce them. It will also work to nourish the skin and provide your skin with an amazing balance that will not irritate nor disrupt your skin's natural acid mantle. Possessing an unique advanced mineral complex blend, you can use this product alone or pair it with your favorite moisturizer.

The gel-like texture allows this product to be used as a foundation primer. In fact, this product works as one of the best foundation primers you will use, especially if you suffer from dry skin and are looking for an outstanding base that will not dry up, flake nor fade throughout the day. If you are looking for the perfect lip moisturizer that also works to lock in your favorite lip product, this Skin+Pharmacy gem will do just that. This anti-aging add-on will prevent your lipstick from feathering.

This product also works amazing when used all over the body. You can use this on your neck, your breasts, your chest, your arms, your legs, your butt - everywhere. This product also works as a workout enhancer and a targeted treatment. If you wear a waist trainer, this product will become your best friend. As this amazing Skin+Pharmacy works as a natural thermogenic to increase circulation and promote sweating during your workout, it stimulates sweat glands.

Spring is near and before you know it, Summer will magically appear. What better way to embrace the season than with a tan so luminous, it will literally look like the sun decided to jump down and kiss your skin. Add a little bit of your favorite self tanning product to this gel-like gem and your skin will look and feel ultimately amazing. This product also works to heal both sun and wind burned skin too.

Although this product is not 100% natural, it is effective when used alone or combined with your favorite moisturizer. And although it contains fragrance, it is fragrance-free and has no scent to it which one can really appreciate.

You can grab the Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel at CVS for $19.99. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend this product to you? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing anti-aging addition visit CVS today.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Supersmile Professional Activating Rods


Supersmile products including the
Professional Activating Rods.
Supersmile is an oral care company that was founded in 1987 by Mrs. Lucia Smigel. I recently discovered the Professional Activating Rods by Supersmile. The recommended usage is once per week or whenever you need an extra whitening boost. I decided to try this product last week for the first time with Supersmile's Whitening System, in an effort to whiten my teeth. Did it work? What did I think?

PROS


At first, I found myself a little confused about how to use these activating rods, until I discovered the simplicity of them. All you have to do is snap open the capsule, place the swab inside and as you push up, apply it to your teeth.

What I love about this outstanding Supersmile addition is the fact that it is safe. Believe it or not, it conditions your tooth enamel. Not only is this safe, but works to accelerate the whitening process. It isn't harsh, which is why I love it so much.

The Sodium Bicarbonate in this product works to deep clean the surface, which makes this product not only useful in a whitening sense, but in a clarifying sense too.

When it comes to the level of whitening, I noticed a huge difference. The results are incredibly astonishing for just one use. As effective as they are now, I definitely believe they are going to be even greater in the future.

CONS


The Supersmile Activating Rods use Hydrogen Peroxide to prepare the tooth enamel. Although Hydrogen Peroxide has proved to be a safe medium in whitening teeth effectively, if you are someone who isn't a fan of Peroxide or believes differently, you may not be fond of this product.

If you are a budget or looking to spend under $10, you are not going to be interested in this product.

This product is beneficial in so many ways, however; if you don't intend to purchase the Supersmile Whitening System, it isn't as effective.

You can purchase Supersmile's Activating Rods at Supersmile.com or at your nearest Supersmile retailer for $36. Would I recommend this product to a friend or family member? Absolutely, but only if they are interested in whitening their teeth. Would I use this product again? Most definitely. In fact, I just used it 10 minutes ago.
For more information about this product, please visit Supersmile today.