Category: Health & Beauty

Of Tea and Makeup

Never over-steep tea with cinnamon in it

I have been getting desperate with this weight loss thing. However, the Vitex I’ve been taking for my lady issues has certainly helped with my thyroid. I’ve noticed an increase in metabolism, and while I haven’t noticed a change in the scale numbers, I’ve noticed I’m down a pants size. So definitely counting it as a small wind. Lately, however, I’ve tried detox tea by a brand called Yogi(I have the DeTox box), and it’s definitely strong WITHOUT letting it steep too long. This time however, I let the dogs out and let them run too long, come back in and while my tea was still hot, it was *ackhem* very strong in cinnamon.

I gulped too much, and thought I was going to die, with my throat on fire. David nearly died laughing, and at the time I didn’t think it was too funny. I actually think my throat is still burning, lol. I’ve heard tea detoxes are okay, but not more than for a day or two, so I think I might try that. I suppose the only reason I’m so obsessed with it as of late is that I’ll be 27 soon, and well, the last 4 years have gained too much weight and don’t want to be one of “those” moms. The dirty looks in public are also pretty depressing, especially concerning seeing people I went to high school with that still look great. With no effort, I might add, but some people are just blessed with good genes…I was not one of those people.

On a good note, however, I’ve noticed a SIGNIFICANT change in my face since using the bar soap I reviewed previously. I’ve taken to using the grapefruit in the morning, and the charcoal soap at night. I just follow with a moisturiser so I don’t dry out my skin. Still haven’t chosen a moisturiser, but that’s due to my amazing best friend giving me some samples of various kinds, lol. I’ve tried Shiseido and Olay Regenerist so far, and I have to say while the Shiseido is best, the olay isn’t terrible! Olay is just a bit too oily for my skin.

Another thing I’ll be signing up for to try this month is Boxycharm. I’ve heard very good things, and how as far as subscription boxes go they’re extremely highly rated. I used to have ipsy, but cancelled as I wasn’t satisfied in the slightest, and have not tried a “box” since then. However, one thing that stood out to be was the fact that they send full sized, high end products, and sometimes throw in a “bonus”. For instance, next month all subscribers get a Tarte full-sized palette next month. For $21/month I won’t complain! I hope I enjoy it as it’s one of the few luxuries I get in life haha.

One more thing I must include, because I’m rather proud of myself, but I passed my first term of classes with flying colours! I’ve started another term already, and am in a fast track programme, so I’ll be rather busy for the next two years, but hell, it’s worth it!

REVIEW: “Yes To…” Brand…and other updates

Hello everyone! I apologise for anyone following my previous posts. I am an airhead at times and somehow managed to delete half my website…oops! That aside, I have a review for you guys. You know I am always complaining about never being able to find a skincare regimen that works. Either it’s too drying, too greasy, ect.

For those of you who have combination skin, I have a suggestion for you, and better yet it is a “drugstore” brand! This brand is called “Yes To…” and I’ll be reviewing two of their products. I purchased mine at a WalMart Supercenter here in the US, but for my foreign readers, there is a website for their products as well as being sold on I am a big fan of this brand, as it is almost completely organic and has no parabens, sulfates, or sulfites, and uses 98% natural ingredients in all their products. It’s actually good quality for less than a lot of premium brands I’ve tried.

Yes to Grapefruit Face Wash-$9.99USD

This is called Yes To Grapefruit Correct and Repair daily face wash. It is made with lemon balm, and grapefruit extracts. It has small exfoliating beads that help to keep the dirt and grime away, as well as clean black heads. It also claims to restore elasticity and radiance as well as even skin tone. Personally, I have noticed clearer skin, a more firm feeling and my skin tone is evening out a bit, so I can say that at least for my personal use this is true. I also have noticed that my pores are appearing smaller, and my face oil is definitely diminishing. It is great for daily use, and has had no drying effect those I use it twice daily.
Overall I would recommend this for those of you with oily, or combination skin.
RATING: 9/10

Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar-$5.99USD

Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar is a bar soap that, as stated is an activated charcoal soap bar. Unlike most bar soaps, this one is not slimy or perfumed heavily. I normally am not a bar soap user, however, I’ll be using this one for the foreseeable future. I have had this bar for well over 2 weeks, use it daily and not only is my skin softer, cleaner, and healthier looking, the bar itself looks barely used. It will last you quite a long time. It claims to be 98% natural ingredients, with active charcoal to scrub out impurities and leave skin healthier. I can attest that it at least mostly lives up to these claims. It can also be used for your face if you have blackhead issues, or live somewhere prone to high temperatures and dirt(like me!)
The only issue I have with the bar itself is the fact that as it is glycerin and charcoal, it does leave you literally “squeaky” clean. I’d use it last in bathing, and follow with your favourite body moisturiser. Overall, I’ll be using this product frequently, and have completely replaced my body wash with this.
RATING: 8.9/10

I’m still working on finding a good moisturiser, but these two products have made a permanent home in my beauty regimen. Also, I’ll have some pictures at a later date, but I let the kiddo pick out a hair colour for me, and she picked burgundy. I’m waiting for it to fade down a little, because it came out almost completely black o.O
Also FINALLY figured out what I’ll be doing for ComicCon this year, provided I can ever find a good substitution for blades(hubby has suggested PVC in place of the blades since metal is not allowed in any form) I believe we are going to go for Attack on Titan scout regiment uniform for me, and garrison regiment uniform for him. I’ll definitely keep you guys posted as the outfit comes along!
This month has been pretty crazy, honestly. In a good way for the most part though. I passed my classes with acceptable grades. It kept me busy most days, on top of work. This heat is killing me with being over 100 degrees already. It always gets up in that range, but usually not until mid-late July, and it started early June this year. If you believe old-wives tales that means we will have an exceptionally cold winter, though and that would definitely make me happy!
I’m going to buy the Kat Von D Alchemy Palette as well as a new Tarte Palette with my next pay period, so I’ll review those for you guys too as soon as they come in. Until next time!

What is your favourite skin care regimen?
DO you have a favourite brand, or just whatever works?