Thursday, September 22, 2016

Facts About Laser Skin Care and Anti-Aging Procedures

Guest post from JvPartnersNow:

Chances are pretty good that you know someone who's had an aesthetic laser procedure done to reduce the signs of aging.  What's more, you could visibly see the difference when you look at them.  Laser treatments have become extremely popular for that reason - fast, noticeable results.  But what do you actually know about them?  If all you've heard are rumors or stories retold from one person to the next, what you are “learning” may not be actual facts.  Here's some information to give you the facts about lasers and skin care for anti-aging.

What Exactly is a Laser?

When you hear the term “laser”, does it make you think of the machines in science labs that cut through sheets of steel?  Those lasers are not the same as cosmetic lasers.  For one, skin care lasers are far less intense than those used in science labs.  Depending on the laser design, cosmetic lasers use light or heat to apply their energy to the skin.  Some heat the cells in the dermis, or lower layer of skin while other laser devices are applied to the surface of the skin.  There are many different aesthetic lasers, depending on the treatment for which they are intended.

Which Laser do I Need?

Lasers can be used in many anti-aging procedures such as wrinkle reduction, to reduce sagging skin, and to smooth dimpled skin.  Additional skin care treatments include scar reduction, tattoo removal, and pigmentation correction, to name a few.  The lasers themselves come in many brand names as well.  So how do you choose the right laser?  The answer is simple.  You don't.

Respectable cosmetic clinics and spas are staffed with certified technicians and medical personnel who are trained to understand the equipment they use.  They know what devices work best on each skin issue, what risks are involved, and what factors can alter the results.

Anti-Aging Serums vs. Lasers

With all the promises commercials and infomercials give that their product will erase years from your skin, it's easy to be tempted into trying them.  The problem is that they do not deliver on their promises.  Anti-Aging serums rarely work at reducing lines and wrinkles well enough to produce visible results.  Those that do must be used continuously, or your skin immediately returns to it's prior status of looking aged. 

Cosmetic lasers produce more immediate results that last far longer than any miracle cream when it comes to wrinkles and sagging skin.  Hair removal laser results last weeks longer than depilatory creams and can become permanent if the procedure is repeated in several sessions.  Also, no cream is going to remove scars or tattoos, no matter how much money you spend on it.

Other Anti-Aging Procedures

Lasers are not the only devices used at cosmetic clinics for skin care issues.  Ultherapy, for instance, uses ultrasound technology to tighten skin and remove wrinkles.  The major drawback to this is that it has only been approved for use on the face, neck and upper chest area.  Another type of treatment uses radio waves to treat the skin.  It not only is used to tighten skin sags and reduce wrinkles, but also works on active acne breakouts.

Are You Ready?

So now that you have some actual facts about skin care treatments and anti-aging procedures, you can make a more informed decision about what you want done.  Don't forget to talk to your primary skin care specialist to see what they might recommend.  If you think you're ready, remember to find a reputable clinic so you can be sure to get the right treatment for your skin care needs.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Best Products For Beautiful Skin

Welcome to the Summer Fashion/beauty event brought to you by Lisa from Coffee, Cats & Retail

My summer beauty event would not be complete without Derma MD, my go to skincare products, that have been a staple and part of my nighttime regime for quite some time.  

For those of you not familiar, Derma MD carries a professional line of skincare products that utilize the latest scientific research with tried and true ingredients that result in serious results.  That's why I love their products.  They simply deliver results.

They recently added a much needed neck cream to their lineup of quality products and I invite you to read my full review here.

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Test samples may of been provided, most likely per my request or based on experience with product featured, no other compensation was provided and review is based on my personal opinion.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Zrocs; Your Go-to Shoe for Summer

Many of us may associate Lugz with durable winter footwear.  While they are certainly leaders in that industry, they also have some really nice options for spring and summer.  I was excited when they launched the  Zrocs, a casual sneaker that are available in many color combos including a spring/summer line. They offer the same great quality offered by Lugz, and they boast some major comfort.

Some great features include: 

Permahide upper
Cushioned insole
Padded tongue & collar

Check out my review here

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Celebrate Summer With The Best Health & Beauty Products

Welcome to the Summer Beauty Event featuring Neocell.  Brought to you by Lisa at Coffee, Cats & Retail.

 It wouldn't be summer without having the latest and best beauty and health products on our radar.

I believe that how we look and feel depends mainly on our lifestyle, such as our diet, activity level, stress levels, all play a significant role.  Supplementing our diet can also be a factor in contributing to a healthy lifestyle, and this is because it's really difficult to receive needed nutrients just from the foods we eat.    For many of us looking for that needed edge, Neocell has proven to be a valuable addition to a healthy regime.

Neocell's award winning products aide with everything from healthy skin, nails, hair, along with support for joints and eyes, basically all things associated with the effects of aging.  Some of my favorite  products include the Biotin Bursts, Resveratrol, Glow Matrix and Pomegranate From The Seed.  Everything in their vegetarian line basically.  Some benefits that I see are improved skin tone, thicker hair and nails along with more energy.   More than enough to keep me coming back. Check out my recent review of Glow Matrix.

To learn more and find a complete product lineup visit

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Hydrate and Tame Frizzy Hair

Those of us prone to frizzy hair know all too well that the summer's heat and humidity only aggravate this unfortunate condition.  I've found most products, from expensive to affordable, that claim to treat frizzy hair only manage to weigh hair down.  This makes my hair appear dirty as if I hadn't washed it for some time.  That's not exactly the look I'm going for.

This summer Shielo rescued my hair from being stuck in a bun.

 I've always been impressed with their line of premium hair products that contain certified organic ingredients and are free of the junk found in most hair products on the market. And now I'm finding their new smoothing line of hair products to be indispensable in the summer's heat and humidly.

Pictured above: Smoothing Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner and Intensive Hair Mask

I've been alternating between using the Smoothing Conditioner and the hair mask.  Both of which are fantastic.  The biggest benefit is that my hair is not only soft and manageable, but bouncy as well. .   I'm able to straighten my hair and give it that salon-quality look in a matter of minutes.  Not something I had been able to achieve on my own. When my hair does get damp from working out or getting caught in the rain; such was the case last week, it remains soft and I'm actually seeing waves as opposed to frizz.  This is a big plus for me since swimming is my favorite summer activity.   Shielo has always worked wonders for my hair, but this is without a doubt my pick for summer-induced frizz.

To learn more and/or find products suited for your hair type visit

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Test samples may of been provided, most likely per my request or based on experience with product featured, no other compensation was provided and review is based on my personal opinion.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

How To Enjoy Fresh Coffee

Make Great Coffee Happen Part 2

Thanks to my co-host

I have a confession to make: I never had Starbucks coffee.  I can't get past the high price point.  I recently read an article on their website in which coffee experts share their tips for brewing coffee at home.  They offered tips that I've recently discovered to be the cornerstone of producing great coffee.   One such tip: "coffee should be ground fresh each time it's made".   This ensures the coffee is pure and fresh with anti-oxidants and flavor intact. 

I've learned the best way to accomplish this task is by investing in a good coffee grinder.  I absolutely adore using my grinder with fresh whole bean coffee. 

I really love my easy-to-use Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder.  It efficiently grinds coffee to my liking with complete ease, and no mess.  I'll never know how managed to live without freshly ground coffee.  This is one instance where you don't have to be rich to enjoy the finer things in life.

Some noteworthy features of the Grind Central Coffee Grinder:

Popular brushed stainless steel
Styling On/Off control for simple operation 
Built-in safety interlock prevents operation unless lid is securely closed 
Bowl holds up to 90 grams of beans, that's 18 cups of coffee 
Heavy-duty motor 
Stainless steel blades Dishwasher-safe, 
removable stainless steel bowl Lid allows for extra coffee to be stored in grinding bowl 
Cord storage Storage lid 
Instruction book 
Limited 18-month warranty 
BPA Free 

To learn more please check out my full review here.

Visit Cuisinart for more information and a complete product lineup

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Premium Coffee Calls for Premium Chocolate

Coffee and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly, or peanut butter and chocolate.  It's such a great partnership.  Fresh coffee boast antioxidants, and so does dark chocolate.  In order to reap those benefits the chocolate should contain a good level of cocoa and it should  be organic. This is due to high levels of insecticides used in cocoa crops.  I often treat myself to Newman's Own Organics chocolates.  All organic and ever so delicious!  Please see full review

Newman's Own offers a really wonderful variety of chocolate:

Organic Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Espresso Chocolate, Organic Super Dark Chocolate and Organic Orange Dark Chocolate.  As if that blissful selection wasn't enough, Newman's also offers their popular cups:  Organic dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Organic Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups, Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Organic Super Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Organic Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups 

Visit Newman's Own for more details

Test samples may of been provided, most likely per my request or based on experience with product featured, no other compensation was provided and review is based on my personal opinion.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Make Great Coffee Happen

Special shout out to Colleen from My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life

Oh how I love my coffee.  It's a real passion of mine. Around a year ago I joined the ranks of the coffee-elite and started using a french press.  And, I haven't looked back.  Every morning I enjoy a rich, flavorful cup of coffee; actually I have around four cups. But, that's neither here or there;)

Kitchen Supreme offers a top rated French Press.  No easy feat for a small, family run business.

Some noteworthy features of the Kitchen Supreme French Press:

Created from the highest quality materials: Double wall – Borosilicate Glass; This is the only type of glass conceived to resist at thermal shocks, it will hardly crack! /Stainless Steel Punger, Frame and Filer Screens.

 4 FILTER Screens: You will never have to worry about unnecessary sediment in your coffee.  I've never had a problem with one filter.

 Holds 34 full ounces 

User friendly

The KS French Press consistently produces pure, flavorful, smooth coffee. A really wonderful, easy-to-use tool to make great coffee happen. See full review here

Learn more visit Kitchen Supreme

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Find Kitchen Supreme top rated 8 cup Coffee Press Bundle on Amazon

Of course you can't make great coffee happen without great coffee.  Kicking Horse is a real winner.  Their fair-trade, organic coffee scores high on taste and smoothness.   I thought I was satisfied with my grocery store brand coffee until I tried their whole bean coffee and now I'm hooked.


Now that you've made great coffee happen, it's time to enjoy it.  Sit back and create a lovely ambiance worthy of your superior coffee experience.  I'm a huge fan of  the cinnamon soy candle by Aurorae   They also carry other dessert scented candles that I'm anxious to try. 

Love to hear your thoughts on how YOU make great coffee happen

Test samples may of been provided, most likely per my request or based on experience with product featured, no other compensation was provided and review is based on my personal opinion.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Neocell Supplements Beautify From Within

You may of come across Neocell at your local health food store or wholefoods.  They specialize in youth enhancing supplements and have been leaders in this industry for quite some time.  They were the first to introduce Collagen supplements to the US.  Almost two decades later they're still going strong and folks throughout the US can now see what other nations have already discovered, and that is, collagen taken internally appears to offer a bevy of benefits.

Neocell carries award winning beauty supplements

The quality of Neocell's products seem to surpass their competitors.  Their supplements have received many awards over the years.  Neocell endeavors to utilize the best and most advanced production technology and this enables them to offer the the highest bioavailable and bioactive collagen peptides on the market.

I've been coveting the Super Collagen Powder since discovering it a couple years ago.  It's not a vegetarian formulation, and that's a problem for me since I'm a vegetarian.  I gotta tell ya, I'm losing my resolve and one day when I'm a little older, I may break down and buy this so that I can reap all those wonderful youthful benefits.

Neocell does carry vegetarian-friendly supplements.  A couple that I'm currently taking are their Resveratrol and I recently added the very yummy biotin chews to my morning routine.  See full review here. 

Where to buy:

To learn more and to find a local distributor visit   My local health food store carries a really nice selection of Neocell products, so I don't have to travel very far.

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Test samples may of been provided, most likely per my request or based on experience with product featured, no other compensation was provided and review is based on my personal opinion.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lugz Rugged Essentials For Women

Breathe life into your winter wardrobe with Lugz footwear

Lugz is known for providing quality footwear for the entire family at an unbeatable value. They recently added the Regiment High Fleece WR Ankle Boot.  These are categorized as a work boot and they offer some really impressive features, so much so, that I find myself wearing these everywhere and with everything, including skirts.

Water resistant uppers make these wearable in the snow and rain.  Lugz memory foam insole ensures total comfort.  The Fleece lining is a definite plus for those of us living in the north east and suffering through dreadfully cold winters.  Lately I've been wearing warm socks with my boots for an extra layer of warmth.  See full review here.

The Regiment High Fleece are available in five different color options.  To learn more  visit

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What about y'all out there, do you love Lugz as much as I do?

Test samples may of been provided, most likely per my request or based on experience with product featured, no other compensation was provided and review is based on my personal opinion.

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