Friday, January 30, 2015

Somnis (review)

I will admit it, I've got chronic insomnia. It's definitely something you don't want to admit to having much less talk about it on a blog! I've had issues with sleeping ever since I can remember, well, in the past 6-7 years, maybe even further back than that! I do take a generic of a brand name sleeping pill normally---but I wanted to try something more natural. Steve and Steven have sleep issues, too. I suggested that we all try Somnis,  and I wanted their opinions on it, too.

1 capsule of Somnis contains the following: Gamma Aminobutryric  Acid (GABA)125 mg, L-Tryptophan 125 mg, Vitamin B-6 (from pyridoxine HCl) 10mg ---500% daily value, and Melatonin 2mg. The other brand that son and husband were taking had 10mg of Melatonin in a tablet, and sometimes that wasn't even working for them. With Somnis, you can take 1 or 2 capsules at bedtime.
On my days off, where I have two or three days off in a row, I tend not to take my generic Lunesta.
I have found that I can take 2 Somnis on those nights and I can drift off to sleep without any issues or any issues with interactions to my normal bedtime meds that I take! Can I say that it works for all three of us? I definitely can say yes! Steve and Steven both used it and it worked for them. It worked for me, too! I've already ordered a couple more bottles!  No more groggy feeling in the morning! I appreciate that it's natural, and without any drugs in it!
 For more information, go to Somnis.

Awesome Movie!

I went to see "American Sniper" this afternoon, and let me tell you, it was very intense! I really enjoyed it! If you've heard about the audiences being really quiet at the end when they leave the movie, they aren't kidding. You seriously end up leaving quietly. The ending was both sad and awesome at the same time. For those who can't tolerate war movies with blood and gore, maybe this movie won't be your cup of tea. I've seen "WindTalkers" and I thought that it was more violent than "American Sniper". I'm used to watching movies with hubby and son that have to deal with violence and the like, so it didn't bother me as much.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Influenster VoxBox Spoiler: Upcoming beauty products in 2015

I just wanted to share with you all about the upcoming beauty products in 2015! What are your favorites after viewing the YouTube video?

Mine were the mascara, the Biore strips, the spray antiperspirants, just to name a few!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tea With the Queen (E-book review)

I reviewed a cute little book about mice and the Queen that I'd love to share with you! It's about a young mouse named Charlie and his grandparents, Arthur and Harriet. Harriet had turned 100 (in mouse-years), and she had been invited to have tea with the Queen. They had a flight on The Royal Express (a goose!) to the Buckingham Palace. They flew near some sea gulls that made a food comment about them! When they landed at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's corgis were out on the lawn, and Charlie gave them some black licorice to keep them busy! 

I really can't tell you anymore without giving away the whole book, but if you have little children to read to, like your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews---it's a great e-book to read! It's also a great book to read for those who have been reading for awhile! It's available on  It's published by Xist Publishing. The author is Chrissi Hart, and the illustrator is Stephen Macquignon!
This book was a definite buy!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Yalmeh Foundation Brush Review and Yalmeh Glorifying Facial Cleansing Moisturizer & Rejuvenator Review

I recently reviewed in the past week not one, but two products from Yalmeh! I can't wait to share with you about them! You will not only be able to read my reviews on them, but also see my You Tube video reviews, too!

The Yalmeh Foundation Brush, also known as Y19 Foundation Brush, is an easy-to-hold and easy-to-use brush. It can be used with any kind of foundation, be it liquid or cream or mineral or pressed. I chose to use it with a creamy foundation that I had been applying with pieces of sponge. I will admit that I think that I had put a bit too much foundation on the brush when I was getting ready to use it! I've been using cream foundation intermittently in the past 4 years, I'm more of a CC or BB cream gal. Yalmeh's foundation brush was definitely gentle on my face, and that made me happy! I did like how it was easy to hold, and fit in my hand nicely. I didn't have a hard time cleaning it, either! It leaves a flawless finish, and it's comparable to a Mac foundation brush. It's made from synthetic fibers and doesn't shed! (I have an old brush of some other brand, and boy does it shed like a cat or a dog!). It's also vegan-friendly. It normally retails for $29.95, but they are offering it for $13.95 for a limited time! You can buy it on and on Yalmeh .

The Yalmeh Glorifying Facial Cleansing Moisturizer & Rejuvenator was nice!! It contains organic aloe, sunflower oil, beeswax, olive oil, avocado oil, kokum butter (I'm not sure what it is!) & jojoba oil for moisturizing + vitamin B5. My face felt clean and moisturized after using it. I've been using it ever since I received it in the mail, day and night, and my face has NOT felt dry at all! You use about a quarter-sized amount and you put it on your face in circular motions. You rinse your face and pat dry. It's 99% natural. You can purchase it on Amazon and on Yalmeh's website, too!

If you are following me on Instagram (barbie62), the picture of both the facial cleanser tube and the foundation brush can be found at Instagram .

I had Steven do the video for me on YouTube of both products.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Limm Sports Arm Band for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

Our family's trying to get fit this year, despite back issues and hip pain in Steve, back pain in Steven, and back and fibromyalgia pain in me. I received a Limm Sports Arm Band for Steven to review since he's got a Samsung Galaxy S5. The review took awhile, due to not being able to catch up with him to get pics of it on him and to get his opinions on it. He's a bikerider, and though it's shown on people running and walking, I wanted him to test it while he was biking.

Well, since Steven has reviewed a few items in the past for me, this was one of his big opportunities to test something for me. The only complaint that he had was maybe that I ordered the larger size, and even though his arm measurement fit within the larger one, the smaller one probably would have fit better. He was in between the sizes.  His Samsung fit securely in the Limm Armband, and there wasn't a concern about it coming out. He forgot to test if he was able to use the touch screen through it. I love that there's a side slit for a key on the outside of the armband. The armband itself is lightweight, and you can barely notice that its on you.  A few more things about the armband that may appeal to you, my readers: you can access all of your  devices buttons and features, it provides protection from sweat and light rain, and it has front and back screen protectors.  The armband is compatible with the following phones (preferably without their cases); iPhone 6; Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3; HTC One, Nexus 5, and the Amazon Fire Phone. It looks great and is comfortable!

For more information ordering one,  go to Limm Sports Arm Band for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Steven's Samsung Galaxy S5 is in the Limm, but you can't see it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

100% Plant Based Konjac Sponge Infused with French Red Clay Review

 I recently had the opportunity to review a beauty sponge from Oleavine. Oleavine's 100% Plant Based Konjac Sponges come in 4 choices: Bamboo Charcoal Infused, French Green Clay Infused, Original Pure White, and the one that I reviewed, French Red Clay Infused! Each one of them is used for a different purpose. They all gently exfoliate, deep clean, detoxify, refresh, and naturally moisturize. Per their site, " The Konjac used in our beauty sponge is grown on the volcanic plains of UNESCO protected Jeju Island in South Korea."

 The Bamboo Charcoal Infused sponge works best for oily and blemish prone skin.  It helps with getting rid of excess oils and with fighting the acne-causing bacteria.  The French Red Clay Infused sponge works best for dry, sensitive, and mature skin, by stimulating circulation and helping with skin regeneration. I really liked this one, my skin felt soft and clean after using it. No dryness at all! The best way that I could put it was like, WOW! A very gentle cleansing! To continue one with the next infused one... the French Green Clay Infused sponge helps to draw out excess oils, dirt and bacteria from the oily T-zone and combination skins. The Original Pure White can be used on anyone's skin, even babies and children! It is so gentle!

What you do with the sponge is you rinse or soak it in order to get it to its full size, absorbing water. Next you cleanse your face with it by gently massaging it with the sponge. I didn't use any cleansers with it, but you can if you choose. Rinse your face. and pat dry. Then you gently squeeze the sponge between your palms, no wringing it. You can air dry it by hanging it from the string on the top of it. I'd definitely recommend these!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pure Body Naturals Lemon Oil (review)

I love the scent of citrus products, and I was smiling when the Pure Body Naturals Lemon Oil came in for my review. I'm fairly new to essential oils, but I am learning fast these days on the many uses for lemon oil! I didn't know that if you inhaled  the scent of the undiluted  bottle of lemon oil that it could cause your eyes to water and to cause your sinuses to tingle----whew! This is per the bottle of the Pure Body Naturals Lemon Oil!

I could go the easy route for starters, and talk about a quick way of using the undiluted essential lemon oil----which I am doing! I did put a few maybe 2 to 4 drops in a glass of water to make it flavored several times. I liked it, and Steven gave me a "sour" face after I asked him to take a sip of it! Oh boy, my 16 year old didn't like it. I think that it makes regular water taste refreshing lemon!
I have tried using drops of it on a cotton ball or a facial tissue and putting it into a trashcan lined with a trash bag to fragrance a bathroom and the kitchen trashcan, too. I've added the lemon oil to our Shaklee Basic H2, and turned it into an antibacterial spray, due to the the antibacterial property of the essential oil. It is a disinfectant!

If I used it on my skin I would have to dilute it, and I haven't tried that option yet---but I do want to, because of the antiseptic quality! It also can brighten a dull looking skin. It is a detoxifier and can help to lighten a skin tone---I need to try this! I could use a carrier oil, jojoba oil or grape seed oil to mix it with to use on my skin. Direct sunlight can cause the lemon oil to give you a sunburn, so think before applying it and wanting to go outside! I've thought about trying it on the window inside the oven with baking soda to clean, and using it diluted on a sponge to clean the microwave or even the refrigerator. There are so many ideas out there for it. Do YOU know of any that I don't?
You can purchase it on Amazon and for further information go to Pure Body Naturals Lemon Oil !

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dead Sea Mud Mask (Review)

I've been looking locally for a decent mud mask for me and/or Steven to use. Well, I do believe that I found it when I got accepted to review InstaNatural's 100%Natural *Mineral-Infused Dead Sea Mud mask--Holistic Detoxifier & Purifier for Radiant, Refined Skin. It comes in a 16 ounce tub, and there's a lot of mud mask in there! The first thing that I noticed when I opened up the tub, there wasn't any real smell to it. I'm totally grateful for the lack of odor, because a lot of products that I use or have around the house are scented. Sometimes odor, even pleasant, can deter me from using something if it aggravates my nose or my asthma. So far, I have had no issues with any of the InstaNatural products that I have reviewed!

Steven opted not to try it with me one night off, I'm still going to see if he will after I've posted this review. I've talked to him about the benefits of it, but he's shied away so far. Okay, now onto information and and the review! Yes, it does contain Pure Dead Sea Mud! It contains many mineral that are good for the skin such as magnesium, sodium, bromine, potassium, and calcium.The mask works on absorbing toxins, excess oil, and dirt. This mud mask is great to use on those who have acne, blackheads, and the dreaded pimples. (This is the part that I keep stressing to my son!) It helps with making complexions smoother! You can also use in on your body skin! It can be used once a week. In the picture below, the mask is in the stages of drying!

It can be purchased at InstaNatural and on! I love it, and I do recommend it!

Friday, January 9, 2015

InstaNatural Premium Enrichment Cellulite Cream + 2 other InstaNatural products (Reviews)

I'm definitely on a skin improvement journey these days, for facial and body! Today, I'm reviewing InstaNatural's Premium Enrichment Cellulite Cream, their Pore Tightening Vitamin C Facial Toner, and their Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum. With the three of these products, I'm covering facial and body.

I used InstaNatural's Cellulite Cream on my thighs, one of my major issues! Their Cellulite Cream contains caffeine, retinol, cocoa butter and shea butter. Years ago, I never would have thought that caffeine would help with skin issues. No pictures were taken of me applying the cellulite cream, but you'll see a picture of the cream in my hand below. It has worked well, and I'm continuing to use it. The cream has a nice smell and is non greasy. The caffeine helps in toning and the retinol helps in boosting collagen production!  I need to continue using it this winter and spring, so that by summer, I can wear shorts and love my thighs!

The  Vitamin C Facial Toner has a mild, pleasant scent to it. It renews, hydrates and restores the skin! Instead of spraying it directly on my face, I used a cotton pad to apply it all over my face, except near my eyes. My face didn't feel dry, it felt comfortable! I liked the when I was using the facial toner with  vitamin C in it, I was helping to work on the UV-damage on my skin. This I will be continuing with!

Last but not least, I used the Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum for flawless and youthful skin. It contains Vitamin C, niacinamide, retinol, and salicylic acid. It works on improving blemished skin and hyperpigmentation. Between the 4 key ingredients above, you are getting retinol and salicylic acid unclogging pores and bringing new skin to the surface, niacinamide removing redness and inflammation, and the vitamin C repairing sun damage.  I needed it for all of the effects! It didn't cause my skin to feel dry at all. (I rarely get a blemish, which I guess is part of perimenopause.) I do have tiny clogged pores on my nose, a few small wrinkles, and some sunspots on my face due to being out in the sun missing sunscreen on the outer edges of my face. I need to continue with using the clearing serum on my face, too.

For further information, go to InstaNatural's site. You can order it from their site and from

All 3 of the products!
Cellulite Cream.

Vitamin C facial toner

Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum

Me, with no make-up on and using the two facial products. Picture was taken at a traffic light!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Great Aussie Grill Brush (Review)

What part of the country or world are you in at the moment? I'm in FL, and we pretty much grill year around here! We tried The Great Aussie Grill Brush last month, or should I say that my son Steven got the opportunity to review it.

Steven was grilling hamburgers for us for dinner that night, I believe that it was after Dad left to go to Karen's home. My hubby taught Steven how to grill food for us over the past summer and how to clean the grill prior to grilling food. With The Great Aussie Grill Brush, we were to use a bowl of water to dip the brush into it prior to cleaning the grill. Then clean the grill with the brush, with the steam helping to loosen up the dried on crusts and whatever was in the grill grate. He scrubbed the grill with the brush as best as he could and he got it clean. I believe that he was impressed by it, and it was one of Steven's reviews for me! I took the pictured of him using it, without showing his face. We both were pleased by the brush! What's neat about this grill brush is that there are extra bristles on it covering the corners, to clean more area! The 18 inch grill brush handle helps to keep one from getting burned. It really is The Great Aussie Grill Brush! The Great Aussie Grill Brush can be purchased through, just click on the above link!

The brush out of the box! Me holding the brush!

Steven's in all of the grill cleaning pictures!